Very good Friend
I have named William Short one of our distinguished citizens to be Minister resident near you for the United States of America. From my knowledge of his merit and talents I have no doubt he will render himself worthy of your esteem, and that he will avail himself of every occasion to promote an intercourse of friendship and mutual interest between the two Republics. I beseech you therefore to give entire faith to whatever he shall say to you on the part of the United States, and most of all when he shall assure you of our friendship. I pray God to have you, our very good friend, in his holy keeping.—
Written at Philadelphia the twenty third day of January 1792.
Your good Friend.—
By the President
PrC (DLC); in Henry Remsen’s hand; at foot of text: “Addressed—‘To our very good Friend The Stadtholder of the United Netherlands' ” with the last six words written in place of canceled “ Highness the Prince of Orange.” Tr (DLC: William Short Papers).