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TO BARON VAN DER CAPELLEN. - John Adams, The Works of John Adams, vol. 7 (Letters and State Papers 1777-1782) 
The Works of John Adams, Second President of the United States: with a Life of the Author, Notes and Illustrations, by his Grandson Charles Francis Adams (Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1856). 10 volumes. Vol. 7.
Part of: The Works of John Adams, 10 vols.
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TO BARON VAN DER CAPELLEN.
Amsterdam, 20 November, 1780.
I have the honor to inclose a small pamphlet lately published, which in this critical moment may do some good.1
The hour draws nigh when this republic is to determine whether it will accede to the armed neutrality; but let their determination of that question be as it will, if they do not disavow the conduct of Amsterdam, and punish M. Van Berckel and the burgomasters, the King of Great Britain has threatened, and, if I am not deceived by his past conduct, he will attempt to carry his threat into execution. If he declares war, or, which is more probable, commences hostilities without a declaration, it will be on pretence of an insult and an injury, committed by beginning a correspondence and a treaty with his subjects in rebellion, although they were at that time as completely in possession of an independence and a sovereignty de facto as England or Holland were.
I hope for the honor of your answer to the proposal I made you, by the time limited, and am,
With the utmost respect,
[1 ]The Abridgment of Pownall’s Memorial, which had been translated into French at my request, and printed by Mr. Luzac under the title of Pensées Extraits, &c. It was afterwards published in English, in London, under the whimsical title of A Translation into Common Sense and Plain English. Letters to Boston Patriot, 1809. The title and translation were both made by Mr. Adams himself, as appears from the copy remaining among his manuscripts.