[dateline] St: Petersbourg August 26. / September 6 1782
[salute] Honoured Sir
Coll. Vallentin having been detained some time at Amsterdam by the arrival of the
Grand Duke there, and having been sick on the road, did not arrive with your letters
of the 13th. of May last1
until the day before yesterday.—As to my return; if I can go with a French Courier
from Hence as far as Frankfort on the Mayne, and from thence down the Rhine it will
be the best course I can take; but if that is impracticable Mr. D[ana]
proposes that I should go from hence to Lubeck in some neutral vessel and from thence
to Amsterdam by land. I can indeed go directly from hence to Amsterdam by water; but
as the season is so far advanced, I might very possibly be obliged to pass the whole
winter in Norway or at Copenhagen.
But as soon as I shall be gone Mr. D will write you by the post, to let you know the
course I shall have taken so that you will know when to expect me.
[salute] I am your dutiful Son,