|Great and Good Friend,||20 February 1797|
I have chosen David Humphreys, one of our distinguished citizens, to reside near your Majesty in quality of Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. From a knowledge of his fidelity, probity and good conduct, I have entire confidence that he will render himself acceptable to your Majesty that he will study to preserve and strengthen the harmony and good understanding so happily established between us; and give effect to our desire of advancing, on all occasions, the interest and happiness of the two Nations. I therefore beseech your Majesty to give full credence to whatever he shall say on the part of the United States, and especially when he shall assure your Majesty of their friendship and wishes for your prosperity: and I pray God to have your Majesty in his safe and holy keeping. Written at Philadelphia the 20th day of February 1797.
By the President
Secretary of State.
DNA: RG 59--Letters of Credence.