[dateline] Paris Feb. 25. 1783.
I thank you for your Care of my Letters mentioned in yours of the 19th
which I beg you to Send by the first Vessell. Dr
Franklin has Sent Passports to Nantes to the Care of Mr
Williams, for all the American Vessells.
I am very much obliged to you, for your Politeness in Sending me, the Salt Fish, but
if they are not already on their Way, I beg you to keep them, for the Use of your
other Friends, because my Traiteur knows not how to cook them and if he did, a genuine
Fish Dinner would not relish any where but in Boston or its Neighbourhood, at least
without a Company of genuine Amateurs,2
which I could not find here.— I have Such an Appetite for a Boston Fish Dinner, Since
the Peace, that I hope to enjoy one, before August.
I have not any Information of Portugals Acknowledgment of our Independence,3
and I join with you in wishing our Friend Success at Petersbourg.
The Debates in Parliament upon the Peace on the 17 were very warm and the Decisions
not So politick, as We could wish. both Houses, however declare the Articles binding,
the Lords approve them, and the King in his Answer to the Lords Address, declares
his opinion in favour of them, and his Determination to execute them with Honour and
Will you be So good as to give me Notice of the first Arrivals from Boston or Philadelphia
and the News they bring and the Passengers who come.
I am &c