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Jany 12th 1781

Conveyance of Packets.

Remember for the future that messengers either Russian or English are very frequently passing
between Petersbourg and London and that you may certainly hear of their going from London
at the Secretary of State's Office. Remember also that packets as large as two quarto
volumes may be sent by this mode of conveyance directed to Sir James. Pallas conveys
and receives parcels of seeds and minerals of even greater bulk by this means.
This letter is to go by a Russian messenger whose going is kept as secret as possible.

I received yours of the 26 Decr by the last post and above all things, am rejoiced to learn that
I may expect "Div" & "Experimenting" by the next post or (allowing you to be as unpunctual as
myself in such kind of promises) in 2 or 3 posts for certain.

I thank for your Naval . I long to hear of poor Lohmann after the storm his
ship was exposed to. The more storms the more actions and the more difficulties of
all kinds he gets into the better if he do but escape safe & sound.

You have sent me a packet sealed & entitled "Champaigne's papers"
I have not as yet received any account of what you wish me to do with them or why
you have sent them. If it was with a view of my assisting in the execution of the
plan he proposes it is possible I might be of use in it if I had my directions. I
suppose you said something of it in the letter which was sent to Constantinople and
which is not yet come to hand: but the papers themselves are imperfect, there
are pages marked 5 & 6 but none of any of the preceding numbers nor any
which leads to what is written on page 5, it even begins with half a word
chant which I suppose had mer- on another page. The observation of
the Monopoly in the hands of the English factory is certainly very just. As to
the mutual interchange of goods that cannot well take place with respect to the proprietors
of iron mines as they do not deal in any other merchandise. Money
is what they require in exchange for their iron.

This goes by a Courier who is said to be setting off in an hour. I have not
time to send by this opportunity the Certificate which my father desires
of me but wil do it by my next letter.

We have not as yet had a degree of cold here more than 20 degrees
of Reumar's Thermometer. This is to be sure a vast deal colder than
in England. The rooms are hotter than one would wish them
and even in walking or driving in open sledges the face and ears only
feel the cold. I expect to set out shortly for Archangel and had intended
to have gone from thence through a part of Siberia, but now I rather

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