|Dear Sir||The Hague August 6. 1796.|
I received this morning your favour of the 24th: ulto: together with a couple of packets containing a variety of letters, for which and for your congratulations upon my new appointment, please to accept my thanks. It is probable I shall still remain here some months, and I hope to have the pleasure of seeing you again on my way towards the point of my next destination.
The french armies on the Rhine are continuing their victorious progress and a junction has been made between those of the Generals Jourdan and Moreau. You observe the English people think they can carry on the war alone. It is possible they may soon have occasion to try the experiment. They think their resources immense, and they are undoubtedly great; but perhaps they will at some future day, be made sensible of the difference between immense and inexhaustible resources.
I am obliged to shorten my letter in order to take advantage of the present opportunity. With my best respects and regards to Mrs: Johnson and the young ladies, I remain, Dear Sir, your obliged friend and / servant