To Nathaniel Barrell

    Philadelphia        14 April 1798

    My dear Sir—

    I now inclose you the Instructions to our Envoys—who we hear were at Paris as late as the third of February—and not then recieved—Their desire to re-establish harmony with France has induced them to tarry there longer than they ought to, or would have done had not this Government possessed the most perfect & sincere good will toward that nation—

    The publication of the dispatches and instructions has already produced the most happy effect on the people of this city & its environs as far as we have heard—I presume there will soon be but one voice1

    I hope the Spirit of Roxbury & Milton will not spread beyond those towns that have always been inclined towards Jacobinism2—It will grieve me to hear that other Towns have become affected—

    Great, uncommon exertions are making in France professedly to invade England—while the latter Country seems cool, collected and prepared for the event—I am not certain however, that the attempt will be made—Some great movement must take place—and it is almost as likely it will be towards Portugal, Spain, or even the present Government of France itself, as towards England—I hope it will not be towards this Country—but I verily believe we ought to view such a thing as so far within the verge of possibility as to begin to be ready.

    There is lately published here a new explanation of the prophesies, which attempts to shew that France, in its present state, is really the Man of Sin spoken of in them—but what is much worse than this, the Expositor sais it is clear, from the general Tenor of scripture on that subject, that this Man of Sin will continue nearly a century to come! This is dreadfull for the rising Generations! I fear that before the death of this man of sin, if he is to live so long, another part of Scripture will be also literally fulfilled, which sais, and there shall scarce be any faith on earth3

    Yours &c

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    ALS, Barrell Correspondence