|Sir||Madrid 28.th July 1785|
I did not receive until the 26th Instt. the Letter you did me the honor to address me the 3d of June announcing your presentation & audience at S.t James. Permit me to congratulate you on the favorable Auspices with which you commence your mission & to express my hopes that it will continue to be as agreable to you as I presume it will be useful to our Country. I this day write to Mr Jefferson & have taken the Liberty of requesting him to transmit you copies of Sundry papers which regard the situation of our Affairs here & in Barbary. I have also desired that Genleman to concert with you a safer mode of correspondence than the Present. Altho’ I have not the honor to be known to your Lady & Family I hope they will excuse the Liberty their Countryman takes, in praying you to present compliments on his part.
I have the honor to be / With great Respect / Your Excys / Most Obed.t Humble Ser.t