Mount Vernon 17th Octr 1796
Your letter of the 11th instant was received by the last Post.
Expecting to be at the Seat of Government by the first of next Month (if my Drivers, who have been sick are able to proceed) I shall be concise in this letter.
My Sentiments relatively to the appointment of Mr Benje. Bourne, to be District Judge for the State of Rhode Island, were communicated to you in my last, and it is with pleasure I find that the subsequent opinions from thence concur in the utility of the measure.
As I am unable to account for the conduct of the French Directory as it respects our Treaty with Great Britain, and believe their ulterior measures depend upon circumstances which are not yet sufficiently developed I shall suspend giving any further sentiments on the subject until I return. In the mean time I desire that in this, and every other case, (within your department) requiring, any act of mine, may be in readiness for my decision, against my arrival in that City; as I shall be unwilling that any matters which can be dispatched previously, should interfere with my preparations for, or communications to Congress, at the ensuing Session.
DNA: RG 59—ML—Miscellaneous Letters.