Offers to buy wine for him as duties will be reduced under the new treaty.
Will send a Rembrandt copy made by Mr. Nurse; has bought for $8 a portrait of a woman of
the time of Louis XIV, artist undetermined. The political atmosphere grows dark: Russia
supports Holland, Austria and Prussia lean the same way, England affects to cling to
France but would gladly see Belgium subject to Holland. If unsupported, Belgium would
fall in a war between the two, could be overrun in six weeks. Does not believe Louis
Philippe will reign three years. In England the aristocracy have pushed oppression
beyond endurance and the people have gained too much to be satisfied now. Ireland is
vilely governed. Describes changing views toward America in England and France. Louis
Philippe loses favor every day. Relates scandal of the suicide of the Duc of Bourbon and
resulting trial. Has just published a book and is printing another. Proposes "laying the
scenes of half a dozen more tales" in Europe. Outlines plans for future books based on
his travels. Family news.
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
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