London Febry. 7th. 1786
I hope Your Excellency, as well as your most worthy Colleague in the Commission to which I am attached as Secretary, will approve of my proposed return to America in the Spring, for the reasons I have already had the honour of suggesting in conversation; and that, in this case, I may be the bearer of a joint or seperate letters from Mr. Jefferson & yourself purporting that I have not left Europe with your displeasure or conducted myself, while there, in such a manner as to render me unworthy of your confidence. Since it is the fact, I think it ought to be known to Congress, that the most perfect harmony & good understanding prevail among all the public Servants on this side the water—On this, and many other topics relative to their foreign affairs, I flatter myself, my particular representations to Individuals of my aquaintance in office may not be unprofitable to the public good.
As I propose departing for Paris in a few days, and as the conveyance by private hands between this and that City seems not to be very frequent, I thought it might not be inexpedient to trouble you with this Note; and to take the occasion of reiterating the heart-felt obligations for all your acts of friendship & civility with which
I have the honour to be / Your Excellency’s / Most obedient & very hble Servt