WILLIAMSBURG, March 19, 1779.
We hear from Philadelphia that it was reported there, and firmly believed to come from good authority, that the Burgher-Masters of Amsterdam have publickly acknowledged the independency of the American States; and that the Empress of Russia had absolutely refused every kind of assistance to his Brittannick Majesty.
Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicholson) March 19, 1779
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Catherine the Great commented negatively on the policies of Lord North, but remained neutral during the Revolution.
Sources: Dull, Jonathan R.