I wrote you by an opportunity which went home last week, & now take the liberty of troubling you with a few lines, whose purpose is to inform you of some interesting matters that have come to light since that time. One Molesworth a person of some credit in this city was detected in an attempt to corrupt the pilots and engage several to go to New York in order to bring round the the fleet. These honest fellows received him, & so ordered the business that not the least doubt remains of his guilt, which he found so evident that dissimulation was vain & he confessed it. He was tried by a Court-Martial as a spy, found guilty, and executed. Some of his coadjutors are still in confinement, & some principal conspirators are not yet apprehended, but we have hopes of being masters of them in a short time. Letters from France of the 21st January bring many pleasing intelligences. Some partin a French armed vessel; many others are on their way, & expected every day. In short, Sir, our prospect begins to clear up, & nothing is wanting but some vigorous exertions this season. I am sorry I can not give you a good account of our army, our recruits come in very slowly, & I fear there is very great abuse in the recruiting department. We have at present our whole attention bent towards the ensuing campaign. We are in a pretty fair way, if recruits do not fail us. Everything in Europe bears the appearance of a war, & I should not wonder if the flame should catch this summer. At all events, so apprehensive is England, that she will not dare to make any vigorous efforts in America. I shall not, Sir, take up any more of your time at present, but shall trouble you again when anything interesting occurs.