New York 14th Feby 1797.
Much Respected Sir.
The inclosed letter has come to my particular care, from the Earl of Buchan, with directions to forward it in such a way that You might receive it safe, as he suspected several of his letters had been opened & detained in England when sent thr’o the channel of the Mail. I am proud to have the opportunity to declare, that I am with the most profound Esteem & Respect, most Honored sir Yr very hble & devoted Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.