[dateline] Brussels July 27. 1780
I received by yesterdays Post your Excellencys Additions to your Answer to certain Pamphlets,1
All of which I will take Care to Convoy to England—but they are of such Importance, that I shall be careful to whom, they are Trusted, and therefore may perhaps wait a little while, before I find a Convenient Opportunity. I have read them with much pleasure and shall do it Again with great Attention, before I Send them; Agreably, I assure myself, to your Excellencys Wishes.
Your Excellency will be pleased not to talk of giving me trouble and of your not Knowing how I can be requited for what I do. Your Excellency puts me in the way of serving the Cause of Liberty and Virtue, and that is Ample Reward and demands of me my most particular Thanks to you. I would serve my Country in a public and open Manner, if she wanted me by not having better Men, but for my own Comfort, I had rather do it in a private Manner. I Know the Misery of Ostensible Charaters and I am affraid your Excellency does so too. But it is Ones Duty to Act for the public in Any and every Capacity, and whatever happens the Conscience of doing for the best in a Glorious Cause will support your Excellency through all your Trials. May God of his Infinite Goodness, I Speak piously as well as politically, Assist your Excellency in all your Endeavours to Serve the Cause of private and public Happiness.
I think there is no doubt of the Junction of the Spanish and the French Squadron in the West. By Accounts from Holland Greaves must be much behind Monsr. Ternay or Else.
I was fearful that my Letters were Stopped—but I find my particular Friend has been ill which Accounts for his not writing.
I am Sir your Excellencys Most Faithful & Obt Hble Servt
Your Excellency will be pleased to turn over.
P.S. The inclosd is a Copy of what was sent to Holland last Monday2
which I shall be Happy Your Excellency did not Object to.
I think your Excellency will have Seen the enclosd print papers3
—but I cannot help sending them, least they should have Escaped your Excellencys Notice.