28th decr 1796
The alteration is made conformably to your suggestion. The address seems to me to have been studiously intended to prevent a proper expression of sentiments and a respect to yourself seemed to require that nothing beyond mere civility should be found in the answer. The people of Virginia are deluded by designing leaders and infatuated with whatever concerns france; but I yet hope they will ere long see things in a better light. With the most affectionate respect I am yours
DLC: Papers of George Washington.