The Hague 21. April 1797.
Since my last Letter to my best friend, I have not been favoured with any from her. She will excuse the shortness of this, as I find myself at the present moment amid so many occupations, as leave me but a few moments of time, for the much more agreeable one of writing to her.
I find that there is no possibility of procuring a passage in an American vessel from Amsterdam to Lisbon. I presume the same causes will make it no less so from England, and fear that we shall still be called upon for the exertion of our Patience, in a case, where it is a very painful virtue.
My brother has concluded to go with me; and has taken the opportunity of the present moment to pay a short visit to Paris. He has been gone nearly a week and will return here in about a month.
I have seen Extracts from American Papers, as late as the 8th: of March but have no Letters since I wrote you last.
I remain with unalterable affection, your friend