My dearest Friend
I reachd this city on tuesday Evening. At Baltimore Leiut. Parker came in to see me, and offerd his service to me; I had engaged a carriage of Evans to take me here with good horses and a carefull driver., for which I was to give him 80 dollars, or in proportion if I could not get across the Susquahannah. I offerd Mr. Parker a seat with me. He was very usefull to me and exerted himself very much or I should still have been at the River; when we got there on Sunday Evening, we found the River frozen over, but not hard enough for any but foot passengers, horses having fallen in attempting to cross. We sent over to see if Horses and a Carriage could be procured upon the other side, but received for answer, that the demand had been so great the week before, for Washington, that double Stages had run down all the Horses. The Night was cold, and Mr. Parker rose before the Sun and tried sending a Horse over, as he did not break through, he got Spars fixd under the carriage and Men to draw it over, some at the pole, some holding the Spars, and some pushing behind. Having effected this, the Horses were all led over, and then they put us in a boat, and drew us over the same way; the Ice however breaking near the Shoar and letting the Men in above their Boots. I was thankfull for our Success. It soon began to thaw, and no horses could pass in one hour. We got on, and lodged at Christiana. Sit off early in the morning with better roads than I expected. It began raining hard about two hours before we reach'd the city, continued through the Night,
and all day yesterday, a mere flood. I rejoiced, that we had got through all the Creeks, which must now be impassible.
I intend sitting out tomorrow if Mr. Adams can be ready. The Roads are so bad that he has determined to accompany me to N York.
I hear this morning the result of tuesday monday. I wish the Gentleman much joy and happiness with his Bride. I fear she will prove a very vixen to him.
I shall write to you as soon as I get to N York.
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