|My dear Brother.||The Hague 14 May 1797.|
Our brother Thomas has gone upon a short visit to Paris, to see the land of wonders before we go to Lisbon. He will accompany me there. But whether we shall go directly from Amsterdam, or by the way of London, is more than I can tell you at present. I send you under cover with this, the Leyden Gazettes from the time of his leaving me. I scolded you a little in my last letter, and therefore I shall not renew my complaints in this.
Mr: Cutting about three weeks ago brought me a letter of introduction from you. He is gone on to Paris. Excepting these few lines, I have not a syllable from you for many months. I endeavour to apologize for you by concluding that you are extremely pressed with business. It is at least the most pleasing way of accounting for the long interval since you wrote me last.
If I were to begin upon any topic, I should not know where to end, and therefore think it most expedient to add only that I am ever faithfully and / affectionately your brother.