[dateline] Octr: 19th. 1779
[salute] Dear Sir
I begin to be very impatient at not hearing from you; and this not barely from the
Number of days elapsed since my Information of Sepr. 28 &c. &c. but from the Opinion
dropped by Mr. Lowell that we should not be able to obtain your Consent again to trust
It is the Desire of many that you should execute an intermediate Negociation with
Holland, and you are named but others think it would be proper to make a distinct
Appointment. This will be attended to on Thursday.1
Mr. Gerard went on Board the Confederacy Yesterday with Mr. J. J his Wife and other Passengers: I fear that the Gentleman who carries such Comfort with him
will find Embarrassment the Consequence. 2500 per Annum will not support Introductions
to the Queen of Spain if I am rightly informed.
By the Way, There is a Circumstance which you ought to know. Such is the State of
our Finances that Doctr. F—— is desired to furnish 2000 Luis drs. immediately to the
2 Ministers and their Secretaries or rather 3 Secretaries to be divided,2
and his is promised immediate
Replacement by the commercial Committee as well an Investment of Funds for the whole
Support of the Embassies. I think from what I have seen of commercial Punctuality
here, that I would not trust myself without Letters of Credit from private Persons
to serve in an Emergency rising from public Negligence or Disappointment.
I have meditated myself into a sort of Capability of Chagrin at not having a Chance
of voyaging with you: For you are to observe I will not consent to conclude you will not venture once more.
[salute] You affectionate humble Servant