Boston. 28th Januy 1774

Dear Will

Your favor of the 23d ulto. by M. Palfrey
came to hand a few days since by the Post, as he had left
New York before it got there, the inclosd letter for W Langdon
have forwarded by the Post, as no private oppoy offerd; nor
likely to soon; --

Am affraid we shant accomplish our
Journey to your city, as Ruthy seems to have lost all
relish for such a tour, since the unhappy dispute, wch.
together with my having only a raw country lad for
an assistant, whom I'm doubtful whether will be
able to take proper care of my business for so long an
absence, thoh. he seems to be a very tractable lad & bids
fair to make by much ye best apprentice I ever
had; however, am not entirely without hopes --

After so long a time, have at last
got Phillis's poems in print, which will be dld
you by Capt Dunn, in a brig Ben has the care of,
there dont seem to be near all her productions, She's
an artful jade, I believe, & intends to have ye benefit
of another volume wth a tendr of Ruth's love I am
Yrs &c.

Jno Andrews

Mr Wm. Barrell --

7th. Feby./
Our harbour being froze has prevented, this
being forward till now -- The same fatal which
fever which deprived us of Miss Inches, Mr. Johonnot &c.
Still prevails, and has attackd our amiable Cousin
Hannah Green, who now lays upon the verge of the
other world, wth very little, or no hopes, of a continuance
here, as She has been gave over by her Phisicans [Physicians] two or
three times -- her Sudden transition from bloomg health
to her present desperate Situation, ought to remind us
all Who in to think of; & be more prepard for an
hereafter, as we know not but our turn may come
next, to be Summond before that awful Tribunal,
where we are to Stand or fall, by Deeds done here on
earth; that we may be ever prepard my dear Bill
for such change is my Sincere wish --

Jem Lovet & Wm Bank are the only two
that have survived this dreadful fever, the former
being repeatedly gave over for dead, but is now abroad,
& the latter by changg his phician [physician] who happily let
him blood, is in a fair way of recovery, this at
Present from your
Affece friend & brothr

Jno Andrews

[Address]

To
Mr. William Barrell
Merchant
Philadelphia

[Endorsement]

John Andrews
Boston Jany. 28 & Feby. 7 1774

22.9 cm x 18.6 cm

From the Andrews-Eliot correspondence