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THE following letters were, in part, written during the Tour which they describe, with a view to publication. They were addressed to my Brother, and to that circumstance must be attributed the use of the word you wherever it incongruously appears.


To many of my statements, I have avoided giving the authority of the Names of the Persons from whom I derived them; in all such cases I have been influenced by this motive:—recently established and feeble governments are often tyrannical, and were I to name the persons from whom I had my information, when I speak of the Batavian Government with censure, I might probably expose to disagreeable consequences most deserving individuals.


March 31, 1800.