To Sarah Savage Thatcher

    Philadelphia        5 April 1798

    My dear —

    Two days ago I inclosed you a ten dollar Bill, which will come safe to your hands—

    We have had three days of violent northeast storm; but it abates this morning—Last fryday, saturday & sunday, were so warm as to be uncomfortable; the windows were up & doors open, no fire: & yet it was too warm[.] The fields begin to be green, the trees to put forth leaves, & all the marks of Spring are calling upon us to leave the city & flee to the country—I do not dispare of being at home by the middle of May—I do not see why we may not dispatch all we have to to [do] by that time—

    We have now under consideration some very important communications from our Envoys at Paris, which I expect will shortly be published1—And you may tell our friends they will then be let into a scene of corruption & venality, baseness & rascallity on the part of our dear Sister Republic that sets Algiers high on the role of honour, honesty and all respectable national virtues—

    I am, my dear yours most sincerely & affectionately

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    ALS, TFP. Addressed to Biddeford; franked; postmarked.