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business, nor equally successful, the whole will however be paid, I am persuaded, in a few years.
The English have not yet delivered up the posts on our frontier, agreeable to treaty; the pretence is, that our merchants here have not paid their debts. Į was a little provoked when I first heard this, and I wrote some remarks upon it which I send you : they have been written near a year, but I have not yet published them, being unwilling to encourage any of our people who may be able to pay, in their peglect of that duty. The paper is therefore only for your amusement and that of our excellent friend the Duke de la Rochefoucauld.
As to my malady, concerning which you so kindly enquire, I have never had the least doubt of its being the stone; and I am sensible that it has increased; but on the whole it does not give me more pain than when at Passy, People who live long, who will drink of the cup of life to the very bottom, must expect to meet with some of the usual dregs; and when I reflect on the number of terrible maladies human nature is subject to, I think myself favoured in baving to my share only the stone and gout,
You were right in conjecturing that I wrote the remarks ou the “ thoughts concerning executive justice.". I have no copy of those rewarks at hand, and forget how the saying was introduced, that it is better a thousand guilty persons should escape, than one iqnocent suffer. Your criticisms thereon 'appear to be just, and I imagine you may have misapprehended my intention in mentioning it, I always thought with you, that the prejudice in Europe which supposes a family dishonoured by the punishment of one of its members, was very absurd, it being on the
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contráry my opinion, that a rogue banged out of a family does it more honour than ten that live in it.” .. .
To the Duke DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD. Paris. . Reply to his Congratulations. - State of America.-Constilution thereof.-- Death of the Duchess D’Anville. Introduction of Thomas Paine.
Philadelphia, April 15, 1787. : I have been happy iu receiving three very kind letters from my greatly respected and esteemed friend, since my being in America. They are dated November $0, 85, February 8, 86, and January 14, 87. Io mine of this date to M. le Veillard, I have made the best apology I could for my being so bad a correspondent. I will not trouble you with a repetition of it, as I know you often see liim. I will only confess my fault, and trust to your candour and goodness for my pardon.
Your friendly congratulations on my arrival and reception here were very obliging. The latter was, as you have heard, extremely flattering. The two parties in the assembly and council, the constitutionists and anti-constitutionists joined in requesting my service as counsellor, and afterwards in electing me as president. Of seventy four members in council and assembly who voted by ballot; there was in my first election but one negative beside my own; and in the second, after a year's service, only my own. And I experience from all the principal people in the governaient, every attention and assistance that can be desired towards making the task as little burthensome to me as possible. So I am going on very comfortably hitherto with my second year, and I do not at present see any likelihood of a change : but future events are always uncertain, being governed by Providence or subject to chances; and popular favor is very precarious, being sometimes lost as well as gained by good actions, so I do not depend on a continuance of my present happiness, and therefore shall not be surprised if, before my time of service expires, something should happen to diminish it.'
These states in general enjoy peace and plenty. There have been some disorders in the Massachusetts and Rhode island governments; those in the former are quelled for the present : those of the latter, being contentions for and against paper money, will probably continue some time. Maryland too is divided on the same subject, the assembly being for it, and the senate against it. Each is now earployed in endeavouring to gain the people to its party against the next elections, and 'tis probable the assembly may prevail. Paper money in nioderate quantities has been found beneficial; wheu more than the occasions of commerce require, it depreciated and 'was mischievous ; and the populace are apt to demand more than is 'necessary. In this state we have some, and it is useful, and I do not hear any clamour for more.
There seems to be but little thought at present in the particular states, of mending their particular constitutions; but the grand federal constitution is generally blamed as not having given sufficient powers to congress, the federal head. A convention is therefore appointed to revise that constitution, and propose a better. You will see by the inclosed paper that your friend is to be one in that business, though he doubts his malady may not permit his giving constant attendance. I am glad to see that you are named as one of a general assembly to be convenied' in
France. I fatter myself that great good may accrue to that dear patjon from the deliberations of such an assembly. I pray God to give it bis blessing.
I sympathise with you and the family most sincerely, in the great loss sustained by the decease of that excellent woman.' It must be indeed a heavy one. My best wishes attend those that remain, and that the happiness of your sweet domestic society may long continue without such another interruption.
I send herewith a volume of the transactions of our Philosophical Society for you, another for M. de Condorcet, and a third for the academy. The war had interrupted our attempts to improve ourselves in scientific matters, but we now begin to resume them.
The bearer of this is Mr. Paine, the author of a famous piece entitled Common Sense, published here with great effect on the minds of the people at the beginning of the revolution. He is an ingenious, honest man, and as sucha I beg leave to recommend him to your civilities. He carries with bim the model of a bridge of a new construcțion, his owp invention, concerning which I intended to have recommended him to Mr. Peyronnet, but I hear he is no more. You can easily procure Mr. Paine a sight of the models and drawings of the collection appertaining to the Ponts et Chaussées ; they must afford him useful lights on the subject. We want a bridge over our river Skuylkill, and have no artist here regularly bred to that kind of architecture.
My grandsons are very sensible of the honour of your remembrance, and desire me to present their respects.
"The Duchess D'Anville, mother of the Duke de la Rochefoucauld.
With the most sincere and perfect esteem and attachment, I am ever, my dear friend, your most obedient and most humble servant,
TO THÉ MARQUIS DE CHASTELLEUX.' On receiving his Travels in the United States.-Assembly
of the Notables. Dear Sir, Philadelphia, April 17, 1787.
Your most pleasing letter accompanied by the invaluable present of your journal, and translation of Colonel Humphreys's poem, came to hand but lately, though dated in June last. I believe they have been in the West Indies. They have given me a great deal of pleasure in the perusal, as every thing of yours always did. The portrait you have made of our country and people is what in painting is called a handsome likeness, for which we are much obliged to you. We shall be the better for it if we endeavour to merit what you kindly say in our favour, and to correct what you justly censure. I am told the journal is translated into English, and printed in one of the states, I know not which, not having seen the translation.
The newspapers tell us, that you are about to have an assembly of Notables, to consult on improvements of your government. It is somewhat singular, that we should be
Francois JEAN MARQUIS DE CHASTELLEUX Camp Marshal in the French army, and a member of the French Academy, died at Paris October 24, 1788. He was of an illustrious family to which he was an ornament by his military services and his literary works, of which the principal are, a Treatise on Public Happiness, 8vo, and Travels in North America in 1780,–1782. 8vo.