March 24th. 1806.
The preceding is a duplicate of my last of the 28th. Ulto. since which period I have not been Honored with any of your favors nor has any thing Interesting of a Public nature occurred in the interim except what will be found in the News-Papers enclosed, & to which therefore I beg leave to refer you, not being able mys⟨elf⟩ to penetrate so far into futurity as to form any satisfact⟨ory⟩ opinion of the result of Political affairs, which are at Present so extremely crude & complicated. The French na⟨tion⟩ however appear to show a disposition for Peace & in which I believe it sincere, but yet there are so many dark Interests & different views to be arranged digested & reconciled that I must apprehend it will be a work of great Labour & of course of some time to accomplish, though I cannot but hope that an event so desirable is now at no very gr⟨eat⟩ distance. I have the Honor to remain with all possible deference & respect Sir, Your most Obt. & most d⟨evoted Servant⟩
DNA: RG 59—CD—Consular Despatches, Bristol.