Altona & Hamburg, Grund, No. 72. June 15. 1796.
May it please Your Excellence!
A Letter, (lately received from the American Post-Office, newly established at Hamburg, dated from Baltimore, March 25th, dispatched by my Friend & Relation, Mr J. Conrad Zollikofer, Merchant, Bearer of this,) informs me, to my great Satisfaction; that Your Excellence has vouchaved to honor a manuscript Work of mine, in 3. Quartô-Volumes, describing the present mercantile State of the European Establishments in the East-Indies, from Eshelscrown’s autentic Materials, of with your kind Acceptance, when delivered in my Name, by Captain Folger, a Relation of my immortal Friend, Dr Benjn Franklin; on the 6th of February 1792. along with my Letter, dated from Rotterdam, July 21. 1791. Whether published, or reserved for occasional Use, I hope it will answer my well meant Intention. It will clearly show the Magnitude of the late british naval Conquests & unprovoked Invasions of the Dutch Setlements in both the East & West Indies. The right Time, I trust, is now approaching, when it will behove yr confederate States, to join the oppressed seafaring Powers, in setting some Bounds to so universal & tyrannical a Dictatorship over all the Seas and commercial World. Your consumate Wisdom has made yr Infant-States prudently gain Time, and forbear revenging your accumulating Inj[u]ries, till sufficiently prepared & enabled effectually to repell them; whilst your Ennemy is exhausting his Strength, in his vain Attempts, to crush the french assertors of their natural Rights to legal Liberty & Independence.
My worthy Friend & Cozen, Mr Zollikofer, Merchant at Baltimore will have the Honor to lay before Yr Excellcy another Work of mine, lately composed, for the Instruction of all Ranks of People, & religious Worships. It waites for Yr Excellce’s Approbation; before it be put to the Press.
No answer having, as yet come to hand to my several Communications & humble Offers, I much doubt of their having reached Yr Exce in Safety. I therefore beg Leave to add Copies of most of them; humbly craving the favor of being informed of Yr Will & Pleasure in Regard to my further Exertions, & Kind Acceptance of my good Will.
Messr Lotz & Soltau, merchants at Hambg is the best Direction, I can give at present for recieving & forwarding my Letters; without troubling Mr Parish, yr Consul, overloaded with all sorts of Business & Engagements. I remain, whilst living, most respectfully Sir! Yr Excellce’s Most sincerily devoted and obedient humble Servt
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