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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
THE weather is cooler, and the minds of men are calmed by the enclosed communication ; but a soured party will plunge us [in war] if possible. The most un- candid, the most hypocritical part is acted, to take us in. Protestations against war by those who are pushing every thing that can force war, are not the worst. The southern men have art enough to dupe northern ones to bring forward measures, that the northern part may have the odium of bringing on a war. In short, the knavery of some is so abominable, and the stupidity of others so contemptible, that I am almost brought to Raynal's wish. The old debtors to Britain uniting with those who are bribed to France, and both operating upon the populaces of our great towns, will devote this country to calamities as unnecessary as they will be dismal, unless the vigilance and patience of those who have no object but their country's good is supported by the sound part of the people out of doors.
My good and worthy son, I presume, sees all I send you. All my hopes are in him, both for my family and country.
Yours, most affectionately,