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I have been favoured with yours of the 12th February, containing a copy of one of 16th October last, for which accept my cordial thanks.
Your observations in France, respecting a certain event, coincide exactly with what I expected on that subject. Indeed, the many interesting remarks spread through your letter appear to me to have weight.
Our last accounts give us reason to suppose there will be no war between the emperor and the Dutch, so that the continuance of a general peace begins again to appear probable.
Our frontier posts still have British garrisons, and we are impatient to hear why they are not. evacuated. Mr. Adams, I suppose, is by this time in London ; his letters will remove our suspense on that head.
The African states have alarmed us, but we hope peace with them may be obtained. Your attention to that subject is commendable, and you may do good by communicating the result of your inquiries to Mr. Adams.
Our affairs are settling by degrees into order. If power be given by Congress to regulate trade, and provide for the payment of their debts, all will be well. Difficulties on those points still exist, but federal ideas daily gain ground. The people of Boston resent British restrictions ; and if the same spirit should become general, it will probably influence the States to enable Congress to retaliate, and extend their powers accordingly.
The Empress of China has made a fortunate voyage ; and it is said many are preparing to embark in that commerce. The spirit of enterprise and adventure runs high in our young country, and if properly directed by a vigorous and wise federal government, would produce great effects.
A rage for emigrating to the western country prevails, and thousands have already fixed their habitations in that wilderness. The Continental Land Office is opened, and the seeds of a great people are daily planting beyond the mountains.
Make my best compliments to Mrs. Bingham ; and believe me to be, dear sir, with great esteem and regard,
Your most obedient servant,
- The Life John Jay With Selections from His Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers. by His Son, William Jay in Two Volumes. Vol. II., 1833.