Recipient: Netherlands, States General of
[1 January 1781]
[salute] High and Mighty Lords
The United States of North America in Congress Assembled impressed with a high sense
of the wisdom and magnanimity of your high Mightinesses and of your inviolable attachment
to the rights and liberties of mankind and being desirous of cultivating the friendship
of a Nation eminent for its wisdom Justice and moderation have appointed the honble.
John Adams late a Delegate in Congress from the State of Massachusetts and a member
of the Council of that State to be their Minister Plenipotentiary to reside near you
that he may give you more particular Assurances of the great respect they entertain
for Your High Mightinesses. We beseech your High Mightinesses to give entire credit
to every thing which our said Minister shall deliver on our part especially when he
shall assure you of the sincerity of our friendship and regard.
We pray God to keep your High Mightinesses in his holy protection.
Done at Philadelphia the first day of January in the Year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and Eighty one and in the fifth year of our Independence By the Congress
of the United States.
[salute] Your friends
[signed] Sam. Huntington President
[signed] Attest Chas. Thomson Secy.