Phila: Feb: 18th: 1797
The period not being yet arrived when the extension of the commerce of the United States in the Mediterranean may render a formal connection between them & malta important and reciprocally useful, I have only to acknowledge the receipt of your letter dated the 25th of february 1796; and to inform you, that it will be transferred to my Successor in Office, who will consider when it will be proper to resume the subject.
In a few days I shall enter on that retirement which I have long wished for, and in which I hope to pass in tranquility the remainder of my life. In thus taking my leave of you, I beg you to be assured of the high consideration and respect with which I am, Sir, Your friend and Servant
DNA: RG 59--Letters of Credence.