To M. Tallyrand [1797]

To M. Tallyrand [1797]

Rue theatre francais No. 4

CITIZEN MINISTER:

I send you the letter to Washington. In two or three days I will give you some thoughts upon American affairs. I presume you do not mean to assure the commissioners of anything at the first interview. It will be best to receive them with a civil signification of reproach. Mr. Pinckney has a good deal committed himself in his correspondence with Pickering, which this last has been foolish enough to publish. Do you know Montflorens (Chancel[l]or to the Consulship). If he should visit you on any occasion it will be best to keep him at a distance. He is the confidential intrigant of Pinckney.

Salut et respect

THOMAS PAINE.