From James McHenry
Philad. 15 May 1797
My dear H.
I wrote you a line yesterday acknowleging the receipt of your late letters from Albany.
I expect that there will be a quorum of both branches to-day.1
It appears that the news of the Emp. of Germ. having signified his intention to make peace was unfounded.2 Had it even been so, it ought to have augmented our endeavours to meet hostility.
It is probable that a new character will be given Pinckney and a Secry to the Mission.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. On March 25, 1797, President John Adams had called a special session of Congress to meet in Philadelphia on May 15 (Annals of Congress description begins The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature (Washington, 1834–1849). description ends , VII, 49).