London Octr. 25th. 1787.
I have recieved your Letter of the 19th. and will transmit the enclosed to Mr. Jay. But as you have for these two years transmitted your dispatches through other Channels, it is most adviseable you should continue the same Course—
Inclosed is a Copy of a Letter from Mr. Secretary Fagel of the 18th. of this Month in Answer to my Memorial written at your desire, and a Copy of my Answer of this day,—The Times are extremely critical and American Ministers ought to be extremely cautious, as you know ever was my Maxim and Principle, and ought now to be more so than ever, to keep American affairs perfectly distinct, and independent of those of all other Nations, least our Country should be involved in Calamities, for Causes that are not her own.
With much esteem I have the honour to be / Sir Your most Obedient and / most humble Servant
DNA: Papers of the Continental Congress.