too deeply to the support of the United
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Provinces, whose complicated form of government promised nothing but embarrassment to an ally.
Encouraged by the success at Yorktown
, on the ninth of January he presented himself to the president of the states-general, and renewing his formal request for an opportunity of presenting his credentials, ‘demanded a categorical answer which he might transmit to his sovereign.’
He next went in person to the deputies of the several cities of Holland
, following the order of their rank in the confederation, and repeated his demand to each one of them.
The attention of Europe
was drawn to the adventurous and sturdy diplomatist, who dared alone and unsustained to initiate so bold and novel a procedure.
Not one of the representatives of foreign powers at the Hague
believed that it could succeed.
On the twenty-sixth of February, Friesland, famous
for the spirit of liberty in its people, who had retained in their own hands the election of their regencies, declared in favor of receiving the American
envoy; and its vote was the index of the opinion of the nation.
A month later, the states of Hol-
land, yielding to petitions from all the principal towns, followed the example.
Zealand adhered on the fourth of April; Overyssel, on the fifth; Gronin-
gen, on the ninth; Utrecht
, on the tenth; and
Guelderland, on the seventeenth.
On the day which
chanced to be the seventh anniversary of ‘the battle
,’ their High Mightinesses, the statesgeneral, reporting the unanimous decision of the seven provinces, resolved that John Adams
should be received.