[dateline] Philadelphia April 8. 1777
[salute] Dear Sir
Your kind Favour of March 22. reached me Yesterday. I am much obliged to you for your
Account of the Proceedings of the Superiour Court, and wish you to continue to give
me a regular Account of their Progress. The Order, and Happiness of the State and
even its Safety, depend much upon that Court, and I long to learn that they are fully
employed in the Distribution of Justice, both in the civil and criminal Branches.
The Restraint you mention you may wholly lay aside, and write to me with the Utmost
Freedom and without Reserve. . . .1
I should be happy, to answer any of your Letters and Enquiries as well as I can at
this Distance, and with all my Avocations.
There is one Subject, which I would wish you to turn your Thoughts to, for your Amusement,
as soon as possible. It is likely to be the most momentous political Subject of any.
It is the Subject of Money. You will find in Mr. Locks Works a Treatise concerning
and in Postlethwait, another of Sir Isaac Newton under the Terms, Coin, Money, &c.3
It is a Subject of very curious and ingenious Speculation, and of the last Importance
at all Times to Society, but especially at this Time, when a Quantity of Paper more
than is necessary for a Medium of Trade, introduces so many Distresses into the Community,
and so much Embarrasses our public Councils and Arms.
In the Writings of those great Men you will see the Principles of Commerce and the
Nature of Money. And after understanding it perfectly as a Philosopher and a Statesman,
I hope you will soon have many honest Opportunities of handling a great deal of it
as a Lawyer. I am, sir, with much Esteem your Friend,