My dearest Friend
Your Friends who are numerous enquire continually after your health and my Answer is that you have not informed me that it is worse, from which my conclusion is that I hope it is better.
The Noise of Election is over, and I have the Consolation to find that all the States which are foederal have been unanimous for me, and all those in which the Antifederalists were the predominant Party, unanimous against me: from whence my Vanity concludes that both Parties think me decidedly foederal and of Some consequence. Four years more will be as long as I shall have a Taste for public Life or Journeys to Philadelphia. I am determined in the meantime to be no longer the Dupe, and run into Debt to Support a vain Post which has answered no other End than to make me unpopular.
The Southern States I find as bitter against Mr. Jay as they are against me and I suppose for the same Reason. I am Surprized to find how little Popularity Mr. Hancock has in any of the States out of Mass. [Massachusetts].
Mr. Ingersoll has Wrote me for his Fee with Thomas and I must pay it, if the House make any Appropriation. My Love to all. My duty to my Mother. I am as impatient to see you as I used to be twenty years ago.
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