|Dearest Friend||Phil. Jan. 26 1797|
I have only time to inclose you something.
Dr Priestley breakfasted with me. I asked him whether it was his Opinion that the French would ultimately establish a Republican Government. He Said it was; and his opinion was founded wholly upon the Prophecy. France appeared to him to be one of the Horns that were to fall off.—He acknowledged however the Uncertainty and related a Paragraph from a French Writer who travelled in England immediately before the Restoration of C. 2,—that the People were much engaged in disputing about a form of Government: But that all agreed there would never be any Kings in England again,
When Statesmen found their Judgments on Prophecies—I can never confide in their Opinions.