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Circular letter from Robert R. Livingston to the state governors
Livingston, Robert R., 1746-1813
September 15, 1782
Volume 16, Pages 414-415

[From Executive Letter Book.]


Office of Foreign Affairs,
Philadelphia, 15th Sept., 1782.


I have the honor to inform you, by the direction of Congress, that I have lately received official advices from Mr. Adams of the Resolutions of their high Mightinesses of the States General to receive and acknowledge the said Mr. Adams in quality of Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America and to request your Excellency to cause this interesting event to be made public.

I have the honour to enclose Copies of the Resolutions of their high Mightinesses on this subject, and to inform you that the States General did, on the 23rd Day of April, appoint a grand Committee to confer with Mr. Adams to whom, having been introduced in the usual forms by two Noblemen, he laid before them the plan of a Treaty of Amity and Commerce, which was immediately printed and sent to the different Members of the Sovereignty. I cannot conclude without congratulating your Excellency upon a event which widens the Basis of our Independence and leads to an immediate connection with a powerful Nation, whose Alliance, a variety of circumstances in their origin and Government, render extremely desirable.

I have the honor to be, &c.,