letter signed: to James Madison, 1790 Dec. 12.
are the last dispatches I have recd. from Mr. Gouv[erneu]r
Morris. As they
unfold, pretty evidently I think, the disposition of the
British Ministry, I wish you to see them.
Pray return them to me in the course of this day.
am – Yrs
Gouverneur Morris was Washington’s intimate friend and
leading financier. In 1791 Washington appointed Morris as minister to France.
He was warned against seeking to obtain favorable
treaties from countries in distress unless “…treaties are
mutually beneficial to the Parties.”