[dateline] 1777. 21st. [December]1
That you may excuse my vile manner of doing business, know that I [am] freezing in my little room this morning so that I can scarcely hold my pen, but,
I am, here, in quiet.
The sealed packet sent before contained Triplicates of Octr. 31st Novr. 1 and 8 which last were only an Introduction of the Bearer Col: Ewen, and an
Annunciation of Mr. Laurens's Election as President so that his Draughts might be
I hope you will have copies made of what you have received in case several opportunities
of sending offer. The distance from Boston and Portsmouth makes us lose many chances
of sending from York.