Paris February the 26th 1786.
Your friendly favor jany the 31st Has Been long Unanswered which I Beg you will attribute to the daily expectation, I was in to see you in Paris—But as you are not yet come I am going to send this letter at Random—Your Opinion of, and Sentiments for Mr. Dumas Have found in me a very Hearty Partaker—and from a sense of His Merit and His services United with Your own ideas Respecting Him I will be Happy to join Mr. Dumas’s friends in every measure that is pointed out to do Him justice—as to Banister’s Business it is possible He Has Been Mistaken and you will Be Right to let Him know of it—But the speculation, if advantageous, May Be Begun anew, although it was not thought of.
When you Come to this place, my dear Sir, I will Be Happy to know your sentiments in the politics of Holland—as a Republic, and an ally of france and the United States, it has a triple Right to my Concern. I wish Her internal disputes May be Healed so far as is consistant with liberty and that I think may Be done—and I also think if the United provinces may pay some Regard to their Navy and Army, if the excellent Material that Compose the latter are managed with skill and activity, that Holland will Be again what she Has so gloriously Been.
Most affectionately Yours with Sincere Regards / Yours