The Hague 19. May. 1797.
Since my last Letter, I have received none from you my amiable friend: nor have I any thing new to tell you at this time: to repeat the assurances of my affection, and my hopes that you are well, and to observe the rule of suffering no week to pass without writing something are the principal objects for which I now write.
I proposed in my last Letter to your father what appears to me the only expedient that may enable us to meet in Europe. I place but little dependence upon it, and calculate upon finding a further trial of Patience and Resignation imposed upon us.
I have been expecting in consequence of what you wrote me, to see Mr. Hall here, and [. . .] therefore not answered his last Letter. I still postpone the answer under the same expectation.
My brother will soon be upon his return from Paris; after which I shall set seriously about my departure. I shall be here however time enough to receive the answer to my last Letter. You have often heard, I suppose of Dutch Fairs. we have had one here the last Ten days; it is a time of great amusement and festivity, and accordingly as you judge, well agrees with me.—It is however now at length come to a close.
Farewell, my kind friend, remember me affectionately to all the family, and believe / me ever your’s