|My dear Brother,||Helvoet November 5. 1795.|
As the Bankers at Amsterdam have agreed to pay the bill for 7.500. florins it will not be necessary to do any thing further on that subject. I hope you will be able to go on without drawing any more from them until the new year, but you know what sort of dependence I have placed upon the repayment of the 200ƒ from the beginning.
I regret that you should be troubled with so many affairs at once. They come as usual "by Batallions". However a little exercise of official business will be of no disservice to you, & as for the copying you may be assured of my anxiety to have an end to that.
I believe that at present my departure will rest upon the pleasure of the wind and weather only. Mr: Skinner and his vessel have come down, and I expect to take passage with him. Mais il ne faut jamais jurer de rien.
As Mr: Short has given his directions relative to the delivery of his letters of recreance, and you intend to execute them I have only to thank you for it in his behalf & my own.
The matter of the flag may rest for the present. I am not certain however that I shall not be obliged to recur to it after all.
Sorrow loves company says the proverb. We have here a couple of Gentlemen arrived from Hamburg this morning. They have been twenty three days in coming, in the midst of the violent gales, which I have escaped. There is some consolation in saying "it might have been worse".
My Philosophy holds out as yet. It is a comfortable doctrine, that our strength is proportioned to our trials; but I am sometimes ready to think that the observation should be inverted.
Since I know you have received my former letters I am relieved from much anxiety, and I readily conceive that in the hurry of a visit to Court, my request for the late Leyden Gazettes slipped from your memory. It is of no consequence and I mention it only to renew the request in case the wind should continue Westerly, until return of frost.
A propos, speaking of Newspapers, as you are not in the habit of reading Dutch, the Rotterdam & Haerlem papers may be dropped.
Having so good reason to conclude that my letters now prove tedious to you in proportion to their length, I shall after requesting to be kindly, remembered to all friends, but especially to the Amiable Baron only add the assurance of invariable affection / from your Brother.