I have the honor of transmitting to your Excellency for your information a copy of a Letter from the Honorable Mr. Adams dated the 4th of March last and of the papers mentioned to have been enclosed with it.
These papers are under consideration and will probably give occasion to such Measures as the subject of them seems to dictate. In the mean time it would, in my opinion, not be expedient to let these papers get into the public prints.
I have just received intelligence that a Treaty between the United States and Portugal was on the eve of being concluded, but that our Negotiations with the Barbary States have not a very promising appearance. It is much to be lamented that the Continental Treasury is not in a State more adequate to our National exigencies and that inattention to National supplies will probably create and continue National evils.