[dateline] Passy Feb. 13. 1779
I had Yesterday, the Honour of your Favour of the 28 Octr. inclosing a Resolution
of Congress of the 22 of the same Month, to which I Shall give all the Attention in
I have great Satisfaction in the Reflection, that I have hitherto endeavoured3
with much Sincerity, to conform to the Spirit of it.
What you recommend to me, viz. to communicate to the Ministers of other Courts, Such
Intelligence as I may receive, will not in future be so much in my Power.4
But as far as I can while I Stay in Europe, I Shall endeavour to comply. Indeed it
is a long Time that we have had no Intelligence to communicate. Three Vessells we
know have been taken, each of which had many Letters, and two of them public Dispatches.
One that Sailed from Philadelphia 4 Nov. another 24. and one from Boston the 20. And
We fear that many others are lost. The Dispatches in all these were Sunk, and the
It would be agreable to me, indeed, if I were able to throw any Light on the Subject
of Finances: As to a Loan in Europe all has been done which was in our Power to do
but without the desired Effect. (Economy and Taxation, comprehend all the Resources,
I can think of.
We expect the Honour of a Visit from the Marquiss de la Fayette this Morning,5
whom We Shall receive with Gratitude, for his gallant and glorious Exertions, in
one of the best Causes in which an Hero ever fought.
Accept of my Thanks for your kind Wishes for my Happiness,6
and believe me to be your affectionate Friend