To Rufus King
[New York] April 2. 1796
Thank you for yours of yesteday.1 I have no copy of the paper sent.2 The greatest part went in the original draft though considerably reformed according to joint ideas & somewhat strengthened by new thoughts. A letter I have received3 tells me that it came to hand after the ground which was acted upon had been formally considered & taken in Council & that it is reserved for future use in the event of an expected criticism of the message.
I have asked for it conditionaly to prune correct &c.4 If I get it you shall have a copy. But you must take care that there is no crossing of path. Yrs. truly
ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
1. Letter not found.