|My dear Brother.||The Hague 5 May 1797.|
The post has this day brought your letter of the 30th: ulto: I could wish not to hurry your return, though I feel most sensibly the want of having you with me. I hope you will be able to reach this place by the 25th: of this month.
I wish you to procure for me and bring with you, Valin Ordonnance de la marine 2 vols: 4to. and his treatise Sur les prises maritimes, 1 vol 3vo:. I shall also be glad to have, (and Mr: Skipwith no doubt can supply you with them) a copy of the Sea letters and passports, annexed to the treaty of 6th: Feby 1778. The laws of 14 Feby & 27 July 1793 and of 13th: Nivose 3d: year and of 8 Floréal 4th: year, with the explanatory resolve of the Commee. of public Safety of 14 Nivose 3d: year; and indeed of all the laws, decrees, arretés repeals &ca: concerning American or neutral navigation that have been passed, since the commencement of the War.
The preparations for the fair have already commenced, and we shall be all in bustle & glee the next week.
Your affectionate brother.