I modestly blush for my nation when I consider the sangfroid, the non- chalance, with which they have received the magnifical testimonies of the esteem, confidence and affection of the Dutch towards the United States, and the low estimation in which we have held the importance of their connections with us. Their separation from England, union with France and Spain and their treaty with us was the event which ultimately turned the scale of the American Revolutionary war and produced the peace of 1783. But the truth is that neither France nor England nor the friends of France or England in America would even acknowledge it to be of any weight and consequently it has fallen into total oblivion. But in some future day it may be thought of more importance.
John Adams to Francis Adrian Van der Kemp, 3 January 1823