[dateline] At Sea Novr. 20th 1779
[salute] Hon'd Mamma
This moment gives me an Opportunity of writing to you but I have very little to write. We are now about 200 leagues from Boston and
have been [very?]
lucky till now; we had a little storm but it did us but little damage.
My young freind Sammy Cooper is a very agreable young Gentleman who makes me more happy on the voyage than I should have been without him; as to his Language I have not heard him say any thing amiss till now. But I must conclude in being your dutiful son,