From Rufus King
London April 20. 1801.
Annexed I have the honour to send you a copy of my Correspondence with Mr. Anstey upon the Subject of the British Debts.*1 Although I might, by an Analysis of the Claims exhibited at Philadelphia, have been able to add much support to the Estimate which I had formed of these Debts, I thought it advisable to bring the discussion to a close; as well on account of the little probability that any further arguments which could be offered, would be likely to induce Mr. Anstey to acquiesce in an Estimate of the Debts which should not correspond with a Sum that had been named to him, as proper to demand of us, as because it did not appear to me certain that his opinion upon this Subject would have the same weight with the new Ministry, as it might have had with their Predecessors. With perfect respect and Esteem, I have the honour to be, Dear Sir, Your ob. & faithful Servt.