[dateline] Golden Square feb 19 17821
I take the opportunity by means of Mr Laurens junr of addressing a few lines to you
for the purpose of expressing my entire concurrence with your benevolent Sentiments
concerning peace and the blessed peace makers. I agree with you that peace must come in company with faith and honour and when these meet, I join with you in saying, Let friendship join the amiable and venerable choir. It is some months since I received the favour of your letter containing these sentiments.2
But as the justice humanity and benevolence of these sentiments are eternal I conclude
that the sentiments themselves will always remain yours. My only object in writing,
is to say thus much to you and to express my most sincere wish that the actual exercise
of the blessed office of peace makers may be called forth in the persons of those who are now in
appointment to that honorable trust from America. If I shd ever have it in my power
to contribute to that blessed end be assured that my utmost endeavours shall always
be exercised (as they always have been) to establish peace and friendship thro the
paths of honour and good faith. Permitt me to enquire of you who are entitled to treat
on the part of America, and whether Mr Laurens the late president be of the number.
I am Dear Sir with great respect your most obedt Servt.