My dearest Friend
I have past through the Ceremonies of taking Leave of the States General, the Prince and Princess &c. to the Satisfaction of all Parties -- and have been feasted at Court, and all that -- made my Compliments to the Prince on the 8 of March his Birth Day, and to the Princess at her Drawing Room &c. &c. &c. and should have been in London at this hour if you had not have laid a Plott, which has brought me to this Town. Mr. Jefferson at the Receipt of your Letter, came post to meet me, and he outts out So Much Business for me, to put the Money Matters of the United States upon a sure footing, that I certainly
I thought myself dead, and that it was well with me, as a Public Man; but I think I shall be forced, after my decease, to open an additional Loan, at least this is Mr. Jefferson's opinion and that of Mr. Van Staphorst.
I hope you will have every Thing ready that by the twenty first or second of March We may sett off together for falmouth from London.
My Love to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and kiss my dear Boy. Compliments to all Friends. I am very impatient under this unforseen delay, but our Bankers as well as Mr. Jefferson think it absolutely necessary for the Public. I must therefore submit, but, if in
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