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offered them an asylum in the Baltic at Dantzic. He attempted, though in vain, to dissuade the prince of Anspach from furnishing troops to England; and he forbade the subsidiary troops both from Anspach and Hesse to pass through his dominions. The prohibition, which was made as publicly as possible, and just as the news arrived of the surrender of Burgoyne, resounded throughout Europe; and he announced to the Americans that it was given to testify his goodwill for them. Schulenburg to Wm. Lee, 3 Feb., 1778. Every facility was afforded to the Chap. III.} 1777. American commissioners to purchase and ship arms from Prussia. Before the end of 1777 he promised not to be the last to recognise the independence of the United States; Schulenburg to Arthur Lee, 18 Dec., 1777. and in January, 1778, his minis- 1778. Jan. ter, Schulenburg, wrote officially to one of their commissioners in Paris: The king desires that your generous efforts may be crowned with complete success. He will
te old age, broken as he was in everything but spirit, he joined with Saxony to stay the aggressions of Austria on Bavarian territory. At this moment, wrote he to his envoys, the affairs of England with her colonies disappear from my eyes. To William Lee, who in March, 1778, im- 1778. portuned his minister Schulenburg for leave to reside at Berlin as an American functionary, he minuted this answer: We are so occupied with Germany that we cannot think of the Americans: we should be heartily glad to recognise them; but at this present moment it could do them no good, and to us Chap. XI.} 1778. might be very detrimental. The unseasonable importunities of Lee in the year of war continued till he was dismissed from office by congress. Their effect was only to make Frederic more reserved. From his camp he always put them aside, yet with gentleness and caution. He could not receive the prizes of the Americans at Emden, because he had no means to protect the harbor against aggressi
resent be agreeable. Meantime, one Jan de Neufville, an Amsterdam merchant, who wished his house recommended to good American merchants, and who had promised more about an American loan than he could make good, had come in some way to know William Lee, Chap. XII.} 1778. an alderman of London as well as an American commissioner to Vienna and Berlin, and with the leave of the burgomasters of Amsterdam met him at Aixla-Chapelle, and concerted terms for a commercial convention, proper in due time to be entered into between the two republics. When Lee communicated to the commissioners at Paris this project of a convention, they reminded him that the authority for treating with their High Mightinesses belonged exclusively to themselves, and they looked upon his act as a nullity. The American congress likewise took no notice of his intermeddling, and in the following June dismissed him from its service. Amsterdam disclaimed the absurd design of concluding a convention independent of
to the House of Orange. Yet the ministry, who were all the time seeking an alliance with Russia, disliked the appearance of going to war with the republic solely for her intention of Oct. joining the armed neutrality. In October, Henry Laurens, whom the United States had accredited to the Netherlands for the purpose of raising a loan, was taken on his passage to Europe, and among his papers was found the unauthorized project for a treaty, concerted as we have seen between Neufville and William Lee. To Lord Stormont the transaction appeared to be the act of individuals, Stormont to Keith, 3 Nov., 1780. and the Earl of Hillsborough owned that the states-general had had no knowledge of the treaty, which had never been signed except by private persons. Maltzan to Frederic, 10 Nov., 1780. But the resolution was instantly taken to use the Laurens papers so as to give the properest direction to the war. Stormont to Yorke, 11 Oct., 1780. After an examination at the admiralty befor