|The Hague January 28. 1797.|
Since my last Letter to my dearest friend, I have received hers of Decr: 30. and 6. 10. and 13 of this month. They come at a moment when a multiplicity of indispensable occupations compel me to postpone untill the next week a due reply to them. At present I have only time to assure you of the pleasure they have afforded me, and especially the satisfaction with which I learn the recovery of your health.—Indeed Louisa I am not happy, while distant from you, and severely feel the necessity which still prolongs our separation.
I have received a Letter from my mother in which she desires me to
give her love to you, and tell you, that she considers you already as her daughter, and
that as you made England delightfull to
you me, she hopes you will every
other Country.—My fathers Letters too, contain his paternal benedictions upon our
No—I cannot at present complain that you stand upon the rigour of etiquette, in our correspondence; you have indeed been very good, and if you knew how much delight the mere sight of your superscription gives me, that alone would to your heart afford a compensation for the trouble of writing.
I shall send you by the first opportunity the etuicases for your little sisters, to whom, as to all the family I beg to be remembered with affection.—Your Mamma’s love is a sentiment very precious to me, and I hope you will assure in terms more forcible than I can express, of the value, which I set upon it, and of my sincere return of gratitude.
Adieu my charming friend, I am ever most tenderly your’s