My dearest Friend
It is a fortnight to day Since I had a Letter from you but it Seems to me a month. I cannot blame you for one of yours is worth four of mine.
Three Bills, for laying Taxes are yet unfinished and there is little Reason to hope that they can be finished this Week, perhaps not before the End of the next. I cannot see much room to hope to get away before the first of June, a tedious Seven Months it has been and will be to me.
The Committee of Merchants Mr. Norris of Salem and Mr. Lyman of Boston, have Seen how the Land lays here. They have returned to Boston with more correct Views of Parties in Congress than they brought with them.
The Projects for War, have been detected and exposed in every Shape and under every disguise that has been given them, and hitherto defeated. What another Year may bring forth I know not. Britain will not be in a very good condition to provoke a fresh Ennemy, in the Spring of 1795 with her 3 Per Cents Consolidated down at 55 or less; and they will probably be as low as that, even if the combined Powers should have better Success than they have had.
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