London Octob. 1. 1796.
I have the honor of transmitting to Your Excellency a copy of the Critical Review, containing remarks on a publication which bears your name, as mentioned in a letter of Sept. 9, which I took the liberty of addressing to Your Excellency, by the brig. Diana, Potts. At the same time I beg leave to assure Your Excellency, that, had I then known from what source the letters were derived, I should not have thought it worth while to trouble Your Excely on the subject. To the politeness of the American minister, Mr King, I am indebted for my knowledge of the origin of the fabrication, which of course rendered it necessary to make many alterations from the manuscript inclosed in the letter above mentioned.
I conclude, Sir, by requesting that Your Excellency will indulgently pardon my presumption in addressing you at all on the occasion; and believe me to be, with sentiments of heart-felt respect, Your Excellency’s very sincere well-wisher, and most obedient humble servant,
P.S. A report, circulated here, of Your Excellency’s declared intention to retire from public life about this time, induced me to take the precaution observable in this as well as the former packet (of Sept. 9), lest a successor, or any one else should think himself entitled to inspect the contents, as being addressed to the "President of the United States." Another copy of the Review, with a duplicate of these lines, is forwarded by the Fame, Harris, bound for New-York.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.