Philadelphia, 22d Oct., 1781
Congress having done me the honor to appoint me their secretary for foreign affairs & made it my duty to collect & transmit such intelligence as may be useful to our Ministers, I take the liberty to open a correspondence with you. - Prom the past, I have reason to hope that your future operations will furnish the most agreeable & useful information at foreign courts. For nothing is more incontrovertably true than that splendid victories, & a wise administration at home are the best negotiators abroad.
Give me leave, sir, to congratulate you upon your success.
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