Mount Vernon 21 Oct. 1796
Your letter of the 15th came duly to hand.
Fortune seems to have declared for us, hitherto, in the Election, of more properly Selection & ballotting, for the odd Commissioner, under the Treaty with G.B.—But something must be done, & I presume immediately, to supply Mr Trumbull’s place as Agent in the other business, to which he was appointed.
I wish most ardently that the flames of war were extinguished instead of kindling anew, as is too probable between Great Britain & Spain; in which it is not unlikely Portugal may be involved.
The fates, some how or another, seems to have been adverse to our unfortunate captives by the Algerines, in all our attempts to relieve them, hitherto, and the probability is, it will continue to be so as the chances of renewed Quarantine by the death of one of them in 60 days is much against them. I am Your affectionate
MHi: Timothy Pickering Papers.