Recipient: Cerisier, Antoine Marie
[dateline] Paris Septr. 11th. 1783.
[salute] Dear Sir,
I am extremely sorry to find by your last Letter,1
that your Health has been attacked again, but I hope it will not have any serious
Consequences. I wish all the Success you can desire to your Application to Versailles,
and if I should be called upon by the Minister, or have any other Opportunity to support
it, consistent with Prudence, it will give me great pleasure to do it, because I think
it would be a public Service to France— But as it is wholly out of my Department,
& I have not so much Credit with that Minister as I wish I had upon this Occasion,
I am afraid that any voluntary Interference of mine, might do you more harm than good.
I am informed from the President of Congress, that they have resolved to send a Commission
to me. Mr. Franklin and Mr. Jay, to treat of Commerce with Great Britain, so that I shall not return to America
this Year— Perhaps we may find it necessary to go to London, & I may again have the
pleasure of seeing you in Holland.
With great Esteem, I have the honor &c