From Sylvanus Bourne, 29 April 1802
Consular Office of USA, Amsterdam April 29h. 1802
The Continuance of that afflicting dispensation of Providence in my family; of which I gave you an Account in my letter by Mr. Meyer a few days past, Still prevents me from giving a due attention to the Object of your favour of the 25 January, & must be my apology for any apparent neglect. I hope it may please Heaven Soon to restore my friend & partner to the possession of her reason & health, which will give a calmness & serenity to my mind & enable me to attend with propriety to every part of my official duties, among which a Compliance with your Directions is held in the highest regard by Yr Ob Servt.