From Médéric Louis Elie Moreau de St. Méry1
philadelphia 15th. Xbr 1794
The Kind Reception I have been honoured with by your Excellency, Seems authorize me to hope that my Enterprize will not be intirely indifferent for your Goodness. Nobody feels more deeply than me the grief of Seing your Excellency Leaving a Department where his ability & his fondness of his country was so eminently perceived. But for the true Citizen the means of Serving his native land, may be meet with at every Step or at every Instant.
I am with Respect, Sir, of your Excellency the most obedient & very humble servant
Moreau de st méry
J’ose attendre La complaisance de Votre Excellence qu’elle Suppléera à ce que mon Anglois incorrect ne lui exprimera pas bien par rapport à mon respectueux devouement et à mon regret en pensant qu’elle quitte une place qui m’auroit permis de lui faire ma Cour quelque fois.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Moreau de St. Méry was a native of Martinique who resided in Santo Domingo until the outbreak of the French Revolution. One of the leaders of the anti-monarchist movement in France after 1789, he migrated to the United States in 1793. After living in Norfolk and New York City, he moved in October, 1794, to Philadelphia, where he conducted a printing and bookselling business. He was the author of Loix et Constitutions des Colonies Françoises de l’Amérique sous le Vent (Paris, 1784–1790).