London March 26. 1788
I have only Time to introduce to you and Mrs Jay, my Daughter Smith and to recommend to her your Patronage and Mrs Jays Friendship.
I shall embark in Six or Eight days.
I am just returned from a cold Journey to the Hague and Amsterdam, where I met with Mr Jefferson very unexpectedly. He has persuaded me, to open another Loan, which he will transmit to Congress. I am very anxious lest it should be taken [amiss] by Congress. But it will be neither Profit nor Pleasure to me. The Character of the U. States [demanded] it.
Europe is in an ill temper. Fear Jealousy and Hatred, prevail to a great degree: and War tho it may be delayed a Year or Two, cannot be far off. in Holland all is quiet: but a deep Resentment and discentent rankles in the Minds of many. The first steps taken by Monsr de st Priest after his arrival at the Hague, will afford a Clue to unravel the Politicks of the French Cabinet and all of Europe.—England is not complaisant to Prussia, more than to France. and the [states] labour to a degree that shows all is not well in the apprehensions of the Speculators.
My Reception in Holland was very flattering: but I must delay Sending Copies of my Memorial and the answer of their High Mightinesses, till my arrival in America. a Letter from the Prince of Orange to Congress I shall send by Coll Smith.
I am my dear Sir with every sentiment / of Esteem, your Frid & Sert
NNC: John Jay Papers.