From James Monroe
London Feby. 17. 1804.
I have yours of the 26th. of decr (private[)] with those which accompanied it. No change of any kind has taken place in publick affrs. since my last. It will I think be more easy to form a treaty than obtain thro’ the admiralty any important change in the system as to impressments. I expect to receive further instructions by Mr. Baring, & powers if it is yr. wish to form a treaty.
The King is now dangerously ill1 & his life according to the best accounts despaired of. I send you by this opportunity the papers wh. give the report of yesterday, to wh. that of today adds “that he has had some hours of repose & is refreshed by it.” I shall write you more fully in a day or two by Mr. Perkins. At present can only add assurances of the regard of Dear Sir Yr. fnd.