My Dearest Friend
From Rileys in Berlin, We went to Newhaven 26 miles to dinner at your Friends Mrs. Smiths who were very respectfully inquisitive after your health, and very sorry to hear an Account of it from me, not so flattering. A Visit from Dr. Dwight detained Us agreably for a short time but We found enough to cross the Ferry over the Housatonnoc by sunsett and soon reached Lovejoys in this Town. We had our Fire made in our Bedchamber and our Tea and Oysters Served up, When behold a Vision of the Night in the Forms of Mrs. Smith and the fair Caroline bolted in upon Us without the least previous notice or Suspicion. The first Sight convinced me that you was better than When I left you. The Ladies have born the Journey to Admiration, and Mrs. Smith is convinced as I am that the Stage is the easiest mode of travelling. I shall take them in my Carriage the rest
I rejoice to hear you are better, and now my most immediate Anxiety is for my dear Brother Cranch, who is represented by my Daughter to be very sick. I pray for his Recovery as well as yours.
Generals Washington, Hamilton and Pinckney are at Philadelphia, not waiting for me, I hope.
Envoy Logan is said to be returned, for any Thing that I know Ambasador from the Directory to __
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