Richmond July 11th 1796
I will not attempt to express those sensations which Your letter of the 8th instant has increasd.
Was it possible for me in the present crisis of my affairs to leave the United States, such is my conviction of the importance of that duty which you woud confide to me, &, pardon me if I add, of the fidelity with which I shoud attempt to perform it, that I woud certainly forego any consideration not decisive with respect to my future fortunes, & woud surmount that just diffidence I have ever entertaind of myself, to make one effort to convey truely & faithfully to the government of France those sentiments which I have ever beleivd to be entertaind by that of the United States.
I have forwarded your letter to Mr Pinkney.
The recall of our minister at Paris has been conjecturd while its probable necessity has been regretted by those who love more than all others our own country.
I will certainly do myself the honor of waiting on you at Mount Vernon. With every sentiment of respect & attachment I am Sir your obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.