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Generally, his record for the safeguard of 202 pages with seven hundred pages of appendices was once now not a powerful problem yet a careful—almost a lawyer’s—defense. bringing up repeated British interferences with Dutch transport, de Graaff reminded the corporate that notwithstanding he had a correct to repel British searches and seizures via strength, he felt that he needed to “be wary as a result of wish of enough ability. ” His realism picked out the vital Dutch flaw—that with reference to the exchange with American vessels, as he stated, St. Eustatius trusted outdoors resources for all its provides and he believed it used to be his responsibility to do not anything to disturb its trade. Outgoing cargoes have been tested as strictly as attainable, yet there have been constantly males who may violate the foundations. He denied the cost of equipping American vessels, other than to allow them to tackle provisions and water for a interval of six weeks, and declared that to name the Dutch “avowed collaborators” of the american citizens was once “an insult of the main ungracious and shameful sort. ” If that was once protesting quite an excessive amount of, he moved quickly directly to call for witnesses of alleged wrongdoing and asserted that it'll violate his fee as Governor to prosecute an individual and not using a plaintiff or condemn with out facts. in regards to relative insults, he felt himself to be the individual insulted via being addressed as “Mynheer,” which in English, he claimed, was once a manner of ridiculing and deriding the Dutch kingdom. Proudly he insisted that “no one on the earth yet his superiors was once entitled to name him into consideration for acts of his management. ” As for the Baltimore Hero, he acknowledged that its motion had taken position outdoor the variety of his weapons and he may well not more have avoided it than if it had taken position off the coast of Africa. He didn't point out how, in the same motion a number of months prior while Captain Colpoys of the Seaford had tried to grab an American send off the beaches of St. Eustatius, the commander of castle Orange, Abraham Ravené, was once certainly capable of hinder it. Taking the offensive, de Graaff charged that the Netherlands had extra to bitch of in British behavior than the wrong way round, and reminded the committee that Dutch service provider ships were seized for alleged contraband and may be published with their cargoes and indemnity paid for bills and damages. evidently happy via this procedure, the analyzing committee mentioned de Graaff’s safety to be completely passable, and prompt to the States normal that he be back to St. Eustatius as Governor. With extra braveness than bureaucracies in most cases express, the States normal, refusing to bow to the British calls for, authorised the Company’s verdict and despatched de Graaff again to renew the governorship. Self-respect for Dutch sovereignty was once doubtless one reason, and the data that de Graaff may continue open the gainful exchange with the Colonies to the delight of the service provider type was once definitely one other. De Graaff resumed his put up at Statia in 1779. After his go back as Governor, the exchange of his island with the american citizens glaringly elevated.

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