My dearest Friend
Your last Letter, which I have received was dated the 10th. I have one from Mr. Thomas at Brookfield of the 8th. I hope your ill turn was soon over and that your health is reestablished.
What the ultimate determination of our Son will be I cannot conjecture. I would not overpersuade him. Phyladelphia is on many Accounts, a good place. My Inclination as well as yours is for Quincy: his for Phyladelphia. Let him determine. If We were to live in Phyladelphia for many Years I should have less Objection to his fixing here. We should enjoy his Conversation, some times. But this is impossible. I have no Idea that I shall be chosen P. a second time,tho this is not to be talked of. The Business of the office is so oppressive that I shall hardly Support it two years longer.
To night I must go to the Ball: where I Suppose I shall get a cold, and have to eat Gruel for Breakfast for a Week afterwards. This will be no Punishment.
Since my nomination of Murray I have been advised by Some to name my son John