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My Dear Friend,
I have received yours of the third of February, and reply shortly, that I may reply immediately. My reason for which is, that I am told that the London Gazetteers have killed me, besides burning my house, and other little pleasantries of the same kind. Now as these accounts may be republished, I apprize you thereof, and pray you to vouch, that it was not true at the time of publication.
You tell me that, in my place, you would resign and come home ; but this is not quite so easily done as said. In the first place, I must have leave to resign from the President ; but further, you will consider that the very circumstances, which you mention, are strong reasons for abiding, because it is not permitted to abandon a post in the hour of difficulty. T think the late decrees respecting our commerce will show you, that my continuance here has not been without some use to the United States. I am always and truly yours,
- Gouverneur Morris
- The Life of Gouverneur Morris With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers Vol. I., Jared Sparks, 1832