The Hague April 28. 1797.
Your kind Letters of the 7th: and 11th. instt:, reached me both together the day after I wrote my last.—Your anxious desire of seeing a termination to our separation affects me sensibly, and among a great variety of circumstances which bear upon all my feelings with a pressure almost intolerable, one of the severest is, the prospect of its being inevitably prolonged.
I have received Mr: Hall’s Letter, and the pamphlets and newspapers for which I had written; I thank you and him for them. The Letters sent by Mr: Vandyke [ca]me, some time ago.
I expect to take passage for Lisbon from Amsterdam, in about a month from this time, in a Danish vessel. There is not like to be any opportunity of an American. There appears no probability of a Peace between Portugal and France.—The assurance that you notwithstanding the chance of danger, would have accompanied me had it been possible is a new and a precious testimony of your affection. But necessity deprives me of an opportunity to require this exertion of your courage, and may God in Heaven grant that calmer times may soon remove the dangers, to which you would now be exposed, and enable us to meet in Peace and tranquility for an inseparable union.
I remain your ever affectionate friend.