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JAY TO D. HARTLEY. - John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, vol. 3 (1782-1793) 
The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, ed. Henry P. Johnston, A.M. (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1890-93). Vol. 3 (1782-1793).
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JAY TO D. HARTLEY.
New York, 14th December, 1789.
I have had the pleasure of receiving your letter of the ——— day of August last.
Whether the United States will be more or less happy than other nations, God only knows; I am inclined to think they will be, because in my opinion more light and knowledge are diffused through the mass of the people of this country than of any other. The Revolution in France certainly promises much, and I sincerely wish it may perform what it promises. The general expectations of its influence on other kingdoms seem to me to be rather sanguine; there are many nations not yet ripe for liberty, and I fear that even France has some lessons to learn, and, perhaps, to pay for on the subject of free government.
It gives me pleasure to be informed by you that “all memory of hostilities is abated in your country towards America”; there is reason therefore to hope that all questions between them will be settled liberally and satisfactorily.
When that takes place the present causes of diffidence and distrust will cease, and I can discern no rational ground for future ones.
The trust conveyed in your postscript perfectly corresponds with my sentiments as to the propriety of the measure you recommend; but I confess very frankly that, however proper in general, I doubt its expediency in this particular instance. Liberal and benevolent actions are always meritorious and in that sense proper; but their expediency is questionable whenever circumstances afford popular and plausible reasons for them to other and less worthy motives. The recovery of the king gives me real pleasure, both on his own account, and on account of the nation; and if there was no danger that the congratulations of the United States on the occasion would by too many and too publicly be ascribed rather to interest than generous consideration, my feelings as a man and as an American would prompt me to promote the measure.
I am persuaded that you wish prosperity to my country. Your friendly attentions to me when in England are and will remain fresh in my memory, and I shall always be happy in opportunities of evincing the esteem and attachment with which I am, dear sir,
Your affectionate humble servant,