[dateline] London Aug. 14 1780
[salute] Dear Sir
I take the liberty to introduce to your acquaintance my friend and relation Mr. Saml.
Hartley. Some business carries him to Paris and he is desirous of that opportunity
of being made known to you. Give me leave at the same time to tell you on my own account
that I wish not to lose any occasion of expressing my personal respects to you. I
heartily wish likewise that any fortunate events might bring us together in the negotiation
of public and universal peace. All my political thoughts and views are comprised in
that one word Peace. I understand that that is the object of your Appointment and
a most honorable one it is. I heartily wish success to it and in my limited situation
I should be happy to assist and to Concur in that end. War cannot last for ever I
will not therefore despair. Let peace and friendship return hand in hand together.
I am Dear Sir with the greatest respect Your most obedt. Servt.