From Sylvanus Bourne
Amsterdam Sept 12 1810—
Your letter of the 2d May covering one for the Secretary of the 1t Class of the Royal Institute of Arts & Sciences here was recd this day (pr the Hornet Brig of war arrived in France—) & the Inclosure has been duly dld to its address.
Something lately emanated from the Cabinet of the Tuilleries touching the Decrees of Berlin & Milan which at first blush bore a pleasing aspect—but it has passed over as a meteor leaving no trace behind.
The Agonies of Europe have not yet reached their Crisis nor have the U States yet ceased to feel their Share of the pain & embarrassment resulting therefrom both in a commercial & political point of view—which the want of unanimity in our people & consequent want of energy in the Govt cannot fail to enhance.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The Honble Thos Jefferson Eqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Nov. 1810 and so recorded in SJL.