|Sir—||London 9th. september 1786—|
Your note of 18 July, with the Letter to Mr. Sherbal Coffin was delivered to me yesterday. The letter shall be sent forward by the first oppertunity, & any others you may think proper to write in future—
I have written to your fellow-sufferes, obrien and stephens in Answer to their Letters, but have not been able to give them so much encouragement of a speedy Redemption as they & I most heartily wish—
It would be cruelty to our Country, & to all future prisoners to submit to such exorbitant Exactions as no other Nation pays, and therefore I think that Congress will not agree to such terms, nor any other, before a peace is agreed on—
I am, sir, Your Countryman / & very humble servt.