[dateline] [post 2 May 1782]1
I am working on excusing you from the dinner engagement, according to your wishes,
at least for a little while and without fixing any future date.2
But you cannot avoid attending the dinner on the 6th at Mr. and Mrs. Boreel's. I
was told that the entire court and all the foreign ministers will be there. This is
not just my sentiment. I have only a moment before missing the post-wagon. I will
answer your last letter more fully later.
In haste, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant,
I am in full possession of the house.