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I have just received the honor of your letter of this day's date. I well remember the nature of the conversation you allude to, as well as the particular points upon which the two countries mutually complain of a non-observance of treaty. Each party may perhaps have reason for complaint. I can assure you, Sir, 1 sincerely lament it. I am not entering into a ministerial discussion upon the subject of our not being already further advanced, in what we are both interested in, a real bond fide intercourse of friendship, but am only acknowledging, confidentially, my own private opinion, and what it has not been hitherto in my power to remedy.
I shall, I trust, be enabled very soon to address myself upon a new subject to General Washington ; and in the mean time, shall be very happy to see you, Sir, before your departure for America. I have the honor to be, Sir, your most obedient humble servant.
- Francis Osborne