My Dearest Friend
I have not heard a Word of the Medallion. But at Dinner at Mr. Binghams he said that Mr. [Ceracchi] was embarked for Hamborough: but that he had taken very unwarrantable Methods to get Money, for he had drawn upon The President, Col. Hamilton and Mr. Jefferson for 1500 Dollars each for the Busts he had made for them. I asked if they had paid him. He said He did not know what the others had done: but the President had not. He said He asked Mr. Talleyrand the Price of a Bust, who told him the highest Price of Hendon and the first artists in Paris was 50 Guineas. This is between you and me. Dont mention it.
The Senators now talk of rising next Week. I see no Reason for sitting over this: but must wait the appointed time. I am afraid We shall not get away till July. Still hope for better Things. I write You a Memorandum of my Histerie every day: but have received only one Letter from you.