|My dear Sir||New York Jany 14– 1796|
I send you enclosed the answer of The House of assembly to The speech of The Governor. You will observe that our Character has suffered a great change. The appearance of cordiality between the different branches of our government and the wishes expressed to preserve peace and harmony must afford much satisfaction to the minds of the virtuous. We have been too long the sport of faction. We have too long disregarded our real interests to follow a few Demagogues. I have received several letters from my Brothers of late. They contain little other information than has been detailed in our newspapers. It does not appear that The people of Holland are very easy under their yoke—People of property are anxious to conceal their real situation in order to evade the contributions which are levied upon them.
The Doctor Bollman who was engaged in the escape of La Fayette is a relation to my uncle Cranch. He has requested to see me to inquire concerning the family I shall call on him this day.
The lines you wish me to look for are these.
0 momentary grace of mortal men,
Which we more hunt for than the grace of God
Who builds his hopes in air of your fair looks
Lives like a drunken Sailor on a mast
Ready with every nod to tumble down
Into the fatal bowels of the deep
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With sincere respect I am Sir / Your affectionate son