Adams Papers

From John Adams to States General of the Netherlands, 6 March 1788

To their High Mightinesses, the Lords the States General of the United Netherlands
A Memorial

[copied ca. 6 March 1788]

High and Mighty Lords

The Subscriber, Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America, has the Honour to Communicate to your High Mightinesses, an act of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, by which he is recalled from his Mission to your High Mightinesses & permitted to revisit his native Country.

The Wisdom and Magnamity, with which our High Mightinesses manifested your Friendship to the United States of America in the Year, one Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty two, contributed to accelerate that general Peace of the World which has lasted so long: and the Candour and goodness of your High Mightinesses, and of the whole Republick to the Subscriber, as well as to his Country, have made Impressions on his Mind, which neither Time, nor Place can ever oblitterate.

In terminating his Residence in Europe and in taking a Respectful Leave of your High Mightinesses, he begs leave to express his Thanks for all Indulgences and attentions to himself, and his ardent Wishes for the Happiness of your High Mightinesses and your Families and his Sincere Assurances, that in whatever Country he may be, he shall never cease to pray for the liberty, the Independence, and the Universal Prosperity of the whole Republick of the United Netherlands.

Done at the Hague this Day of March A.D. 1788 / Signed

John Adams.

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