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MY DEAREST FRIEND.
I HAVE passed through the ceremonial of taking leave of the States General, the prince and princess, &c., to the satisfaction of all parties, and have been feasted at court, and all that ; made my compliments to the prince on the 8th of March, his birth day, and to the princess at her drawing room, &c., &c., &c., and should have been in London at this hour, if you had not laid a plot which has brought me to this town. Mr. Jefferson, at the receipt of your letter, came post to meet me, and he cuts out so much business for me, to put the money matters of the United States upon a sure footing, that I certainly shall not be able to get into the packet at Helvoet before Saturday, and I much fear not before Wednesday, the nineteenth. This delay is very painful to me, and you must blame yourself for it altogether. I thought myself dead, and that it was well over with me as a public man ; but I think I shall be forced, after my decease, to open an additional loan. At least, this is Mr. Jefferson's opinion and that of Mr. Van Staphorst.
1 hope you will have every thing ready, that by the twenty-first or second of March, we may set off together for Falmouth from London. My love to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and kiss my dear boy. Compliments to all friends. I am very impatient under this unforeseen delay ; but our bankers, as well as Mr. Jefferson, think it absolutely necessary for the public. I must, therefore, submit ; but if, in consequence of it, you should meet southwesters on the coast of America, and have your voyage prolonged three weeks by it, remember it is all your own intrigue which has forced me to open this loan. I suppose you will boast of it as a great public service. Yours forever,