|Great and good Friends,||2 March 1797|
To maintain the friendship and harmony so happily subsisting between our Republics, I have appointed William Vans Murray, one of our distinguished citizens to be Minister Resident of the United States of America, near you. From my confidence in virtues and talents I assure myself that he will embrace every occasion to fulfil those very interesting objects of his mission. I beseech you, therefore, to give entire credence to whatever he shall say to you on the part of the United States; and particularly when he shall represent to you the sincerity of our friendship, and our wishes for your prosperity and I pray God to have you, Great and good friends, in his holy keeping. Written at Philadelphia the second day of March 1797.
By the President of the United States of Am.
Secretary of State
DNA: RG 59--Letters of Credence.