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I am favored with yours of the twenty-sixth of July, for which I pray you to accept my thanks. I mentioned to you from London, that Mr Walpole had been offered the place of Envoy Extraordinary to the United States, which he had refused. I took care to avoid any sort of intercourse with the government while I was there, and of course could not possess any minute information worthy of your notice. I avoided also seeing any of the chiefs of opposition, lest some conclusions of a disagreeable nature should be drawn from that circumstance. Of course it was not until my arrival in this city, that I learnt (from the British Ambassador here) what had been done. Mr Hammond was sent for from Spain, and passed through this city while I was in London. I do not know whether he is gone out ; if not, you have long since I suppose received the communication of his appointment. The plan seems to have been that which I long since mentioned, viz. the sending out a minister with letters of credence in his pocket, to be delivered when you shall appoint one to their court.
From a variety of small circumstances I am convinced, that the British cabinet begins very seriously to consider its situation in respect to us. The rapid rise of our credit, the wise decisions of our courts, the general peace and order which prevail, and the gradual display of our population, wealth, and industry, produce very great effect upon their minds. Let me add that the calm dignity of those, who are at the head of our affairs, has a considerable influence. Events confirm me in the opinion, which I formed from an attentive consideration of the subject, and I think we may calculate almost with certainty on forming a good treaty with that country, as soon as they shall determine to form any treaty ; and until that time, I agree fully with you, that attempts on our part should be such only, as to justify to the world that conduct which it becomes us to pursue. I know that among the many, whose duty or occupation it may be to consider this subject, there must be a variety of opinions, because dispositions differ, because prejudices exist, because interests sway, in a word, because men are men ; but Time will set his seal of truth on that which is right. I am, &tc.
- Gouverneur Morris
- The Life of Gouverneur Morris With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers Vol. II., Jared Sparks, 1832