|Sir,||Philadelphia, Feb. 23d 1797|
Believing that there may be times and occasions, on which my opinions of the anonymous letters and their author, as delivered to the army in 1783, may be turned to some personal and malignant purpose. I do hereby declare, that I did not, at the time of writing my address, regard you as the author of the said letters; and farther, that I have since had sufficient reason for believing, that the object of the author was just, honorable, & friendly to the country, though the means suggested by him were certainly liable to much misunderstanding and abuse. I am, Sir, with great regard, your most obt sert
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