My dearest Friend
The Weather is cooler and the Minds of Men are calmed by the inclosed Communication. But
A Sourd Party will plunge Us if possible. The most uncandid; the most hypocritical Part is acted to take Us in. Protestations against War by those who are pushing every Thing that can force War, are not the Worst. The southern Men have Art enough to dupe northern ones to bring forwards measures, that the northern Part may have the Odium of bringing on a War. In short the Knavery of some is so abominable and the Stupidity of others so contemptible, that I am almost brought to Raynalls Wish.
My good and worthy son, I presume sees all I send you.. All my hopes are in him: both for my Family and Country.
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