War office 13 July 1796.
I was truly gladdened by your letter of the 8th. The Jacobins gave out that you were to be here on the 4th inst; after which they circulated a report that you had been thrown from your Phaeton, in consequence of which your life was despaired of. I did not beleive a word of all this, and yet I was uneasy till I received your letter. you are in good health and good spirits and god send that both may continue. I know not what new sacrifices we may yet have to require of you. The world grows older, and republicans occupy more and more of its surface, but I do not find that it becomes better.
I shall endeavour to keep well according to your kind wish, and am very sincerely and with true respect Sir your most ob. st
DLC: Papers of George Washington.