Mount Vernon 6th July 1796.
Your private letter (without date) by the last Post, has been received.
It is quite agreeable to me, that my Wine should remain in the Store of Messrs Willing & Francis, till I shall have occasion to remove it.
There is little doubt, but the insertion in Browns Paper, of my sudden return, was put there to answer some insiduous purpose; for sure I am, nothing ever dropped from me to authorise such a publication. and it is to be regretted that the authors of them could not be brot to light.
A Report has circulated here, that the William Penn has been captured by the Flying-Fish; but as it is of some days standing, & your letter is silent on the subject. I hope it is void of foundation. That Mr Bache will continue his attacks on the Government, there can be no doubt—but that they will make no Impression on the public mind is not so certain, for drops of Water will Impress (in time) the hardest Marble.
I hear with concern, that the New Stock is likely to remain unsold, notwithstanding the long credit which was offered. Let the expedient (whatever it be) be well considered.
If any thing should occur of an interesting nature altho’ it should not require official communication let me hear it. With very great esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Always Yours