To the Hon. John Jay April 23, 1779
From the original letter at the Library of Congress.
Philadelphia April 23 1779
On enquiry yesterday of Mr. Thomson your Secretary I find that no answer is given to any of my letters. I am unable to account for the seeming inattention of Congress in Collecting information at this particular time, from whatever quarter it may come, and this wonder is the more encreased when I recollect that a private offer was made to me, about three months ago amounting in money to seven hundred pounds a year, yet however polite the proposal might be, or however friendly it might be designed, I thought it my duty to decline it; as it was accompanied with a condition which I conceived had a tendency to prevent the information I have since given and shall yet give to the country on Public affairs.
I have repeatedly wrote to Congress respecting Mr. Deane’s dark incendiary conduct and offered every information in my power. The opportunities I have had of knowing the State of foreign Affairs, is greater than that of many gentlemen of this House, and I want no other knowledge to declare that I look on Mr. Deane to be, what Mr. Carmichael calls him, a Rascal.
Whether Mr. Deane was encouraged by members of this Honble House to traduce the Characters of the rest of the Commissioners, to make room for themselves, and to establish a Commercial Company calculated to monopolize the trade of the country, is what I have not authority to say, but the appearance of things, together with some knowledge I am possessed of, too much Justify the Suspicion.
I am Honble Sirs your Honors Obt Humble Servant
P. S. The enclosed is part of an original letter which was sent to me about a month ago, and if it be of any use to Congress I offer it for their consideration. I never corresponded with the writer, neither have I yet answered it.
I shall be obliged to any of the Pennsylvania delegates that will return the enclosed to me.