Berlin 28 May 1798
Your favor of the 25th: currt is at hand and agreeable to your suggestion, I enclose letters for America to go by the first vessels—I shall always distinguish duplicates of dispatches by the figure 2. at the left corner, as on the enclosed—by which you will be able to distinguish them from originals and prevent their getting on board the same vessel.
We have seen the correspondence, documents &ca: of our Commissioners, and are much of your opinion respecting their publication. I am sure nothing would have been done in Congress without such a step, though it would certainly have been prudent to ensure the safety of our Commissioners—I understand the Directory have already come out against them quite furiously, but have not seen the piece. Do our vessels going from Hamburg, arm for defence?
The expedition from Yarmouth returned into port on account of contrary winds.
If Mr: Sadler is still at Hamburg, please to make him my best comps.
I am dear Sir / Sincerely your’s
OCHP: Pitcairn Papers.