My dearest Friend
After a Passage of two days, against contrary wind, and a terrible Jolt through the Mud, from Helvoet, I arrived here this day, in good health and not bad spirits. The Princes Birth day is on Saturday: so that I shall not be able to take Leave before Monday, and if I go to Amsterdam afterwards, I shall not be able to leave that City before Wednesday or Thursday: so that I fear you cannot expect me, till the Week after next. Mr. Dumas prays me to send you his respects.
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