[dateline] 31st. of Aug. 
[salute] Dear Sir
I yesterday received yours of May 14 from L'Orient1
and Aug. 13th. from Braintree with several valuable Papers. I hope to be able to
write shortly to you on those Topics which are the Subject of your Correspondence
with de Vergennes. At present, as I have been for several days past, I am engaged
in a severe wrestling Match with a Chap who has laid many on their Backs here lately.
He is known in the Country you have just arrived from by the name of Trépas. I must
own he appears to gain upon me particularly Today, tho I follow the advice of Sr.
Jas. Jay and two other Gentlemen my Colleague Holten and Mr. Peabody of New Hampshire.2
I give none of this History to my Family. And I desire you will use it only as an
apology to you for saying no more now.
send Papers which in my last I desired you to forward to A L.3