To Arnold Henri Dohrman
Amsterdam Jan. 18. 1781
I have the Honour, to transmit you, a Letter from the Honourable the Committee of Congress for foreign Affairs, with a Resolution of Congress of the 21. of June last, appointing you Agent for the United States of America, in the Kingdom of Portugal, for the Transaction of Such Affairs of the Said States as may be committed to your Direction.1 As I am, by the Misfortune of Mr. Laurens, at present fixed in this Place, I shall be particularly happy in your Correspondence, and have the Honour to be, with great Consideration, sir your most obedient and most humble servant.
RC (Private owner, 1961).
1. JA quotes from the resolution enclosed in the Committee’s letter to Dohrman of 11 July (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774– 1789, Washington, 1904–1937; 34 vols. description ends , 17:541–542; Smith, ed., Letters of Delegates description begins Paul H. Smith and others, eds., Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, 1976–1998; 25 vols. description ends , 15:425–426). Although Francis Dana did not mention them in his letter of 10 Jan., calendared above, the two documents were probably among those he forwarded as enclosures.