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I am no stranger, Sir, to the delicacy of your feelings; and am convinced, that you would rather face an enemy than a fulsome panegyrist. I will not therefore fay in your absence, what I should not dare to say if you were present; nor enlarge either on your respectable publick character, or your many amiable private virtues ; and only add my cordial wishes for


safe return to your native country and your numerous friends; amongst whom, though ambitious of that distinction, I dare hardly presume to claim a place. I will beg leave, however, to sub. scribe myself, with sincere regard,

Your obliged

and obedient

humble servant,


Nov. 5th, 1792

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