Congress a few days since directed me to transmit to your Excellency a Copy of the provisional Treaty for a Peace between the United States and Great Britain. I should have done it at an earlier day without any particular direction, had not an order passed in Congress for furnishing the Delegates of each State with a Copy that it might be transmitted through them. In conformity to the second direction I have the honor to enclose a Copy, tho’ I have no doubt, that I have been anticipated by that forwarded by the Delegates of your State. Yet Sir, this Letter may not be entirely useless, when it assures you that the conclusion of the Treaty is still very uncertain. My Public Letters are of such a nature as not to free me from apprehensions that Britain still seeks rather to divide her enemies, than to be reconciled to them. Tho’ this suspicion may not perhaps be well founded, yet such conduct is so conformable to the general tenor of British Councils—to the character of the king and his first Minister, that it is at least the part of
It would give me pleasure to learn the measures that have been adopted in consequence of the requisitions made in my Letters to your Excellency, or your predecessors in office at different Periods relative to my department, and more particularly to receive the account so frequently called for of the damage done by the enemy in your State. I have reason to think had it been furnished in time it might have been of singular use to our Ministers, and perhaps have tended to obtain some relief for the sufferers. It may not yet come too late to be useful. Let me pray your Excellency to take measures for furnishing three authentic Copies by the first opportunity.