[dateline] Passi September 9 1778
[salute] My dearest Friend
I fear you will complain of me, for not writing so often as I ought. But I write as
often as I can.—I really never had more Business to do in my Life, and what mortifies
me, beyond Measure is, to be obliged to say I never did less.
No News from England, or America—dreadfull Intervall! I say dreadfull Because, the
Question of Speedy Peace or not depends, I apprehend upon what has already passed
in America and We have not heard of—our last News was that D'Estaing was anchored,
before Sandy Hook.
I send you a litle Amusement1
—and Love and Respects to all Friends. Nabby, Charly and Thommy particularly. Johnny
is well—reads and chatters french like a french Boy.