From William Alexander
ALS: American Philosophical Society
Paris 30 July 1783
Our friend W ——,4 has taken his measures & has Already agreed wt most of his people at 6, 12, 18 Months & 2 Years by equal payments— He hopes he will meet no difficulty with the others but thinks that the Extension of his protection to a year (it Expires the 6 septr) woud secure his Object by preventing any troublesome Man from laying by to Catch undue Advantage to the prejudice of his more liberal minded neighbours— I beg You will think of this, And If You approve—suggest it to the Minister—Explaing to Him that Nothing less than full payment is proposed to every body—that W——Expects to pay much sooner than the time he takes—but as this depends on American remittances, he Chuses Not to run the hazard of Another Stop. I have been in town only Since last night, so that I coud not pay You my respects at Passy, being obliged to Return home to day— I beg my best wishes to Your Son & am wt the warmest Attachment Dear Sir Your most obt hble Sr
4. JW. For the situation Alexander repeats here see JW to BF, July 29.