I have only a few moments to thank you for your honored letter of 19 December, which I received just two hours ago. I have only confided in our friends, who promised the utmost discretion. This evening I shall see Mr. Asp. These gentlemen and my ladies send you their best regards. They will neither go too far nor stop for peace and all that. Next week I will tell you about the business of today and tomorrow, which is satisfactory.
In yesterday's letter, now on its way, I think I forgot to add the enclosed note, which I wonder if you would kindly include with my letter to Mr. Livingston.1
With sincerest respect I remain, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant