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P. E. THOMAS TO WORTHINGTON

Balto 2 Mo 17 1812

My dear friend

I have thy favours of the 13 & 15th Inst. - I acknowledge it was a disappointment to me to learn that no negotiations was now carrying on with the British minister for I had expected that some propositions had been recd. by our Government which would lead to a termination of our dispute with that nation My opinion nevertheless remains unaltered that England will in the end, either anul or modify her obnoxious orders so as to relieve our trade provided we here do no comence a war; as I before stated to thee the clamours of here people will compel the government to do this if we do not inflame their passions against us by a war. My brother who is England write me that Manchester Goods may be bought at the most ruinous sacrifice from the distressed manufacturers and cloths are down to 1/2 price - we have every thing we wish, to expect from patience: But we have every mischief to expect from rashly going to war

I perceive by thy letter that an Embargo and an early adjournment are talked had this measures been promptly adopted 2 or 3 months past the effect would have been certain. I think it would now be useful

The report of the recovery of the old King is not true. He is worse than ever and there is not the smallest expectation of his recovery- I see by a late arrival that it was confidently believed in London that an alteration would take place on the meeting of Parliament respecting the Orders in Council - in fact I have no doubt of it myself they must annul them - Should an Embargo be likely to be laid I will thank thee for a line upon the subject

My respects to thy family Thy sincere fd.

P. E. Thomas

flour $16. per Bl. in Cadez

$15 at Gibralter

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