May 25th. 1786.
I yesterday received yours of the 6th.
of April & have scarcely time to advise you, before the sailing of Capt. Bigelow that I have received from Congress the papers
relative to the Goods taken by order of General Howe—I feel for you & your
fellow sufferers whose case is as hard and unjust as can well be conceived: but as my
orders are discretionary as to the time of applying I am much embarrassed—I am not to
apply without a prospect of success: Now so far from having any prospect of success, I
am certain of having none, in short I was never in my Life in a situation so
discouraging as at present, Knowing that many thousands of my friends & fellow
Citizens are looking to me for relief from distresses of various Kinds and at the same
time seeing & feeling that I have it not in my power, to afford them the
least—whatever may be practicable, with my feeble <
powers> forces, you may
depend upon shall be done!
but it would be cruel to deceive you with false hopes and I assure you I have myself no real ones—My Countrymen have not yet any adequate Idea, how general, how universal an unfavourable disposition towards them, is in this Kingdom—I am