[dateline] Watertown Jany. 31. 1776
[salute] My dear Sir
I am Extreamly hurried this morning, and therefore have only time to Express my wishes
for your Happiness. I hope by this Time you are not far from Philadelphia. I wrote
in great haste to Mr. Adams this morning to whom must refer you for all the Intelligence
I could give. I have received and Inclose a Number of Letters for you which I suppose
have been once to Philadelphia. I have Another for you from Mr. Adams, which Curiosity,
and a Confidence in your Excusing me have Induced me to open.1
You will please to pardon this freedom under your hand. I Inclose it and also a Copy
of a Letter, from your Brother Paine, a very Curious one indeed. A model of Invective
and dulness. My next may give you the Answer to it.2
You will be able without any Aid to satisfie Mr. Adams queries about Sea Coast Men.
I am as usual Your sincere Friend.