[dateline] Phyladelphia May 29. 1775
[salute] My Dear
Our amiable Friend Hancock, who by the Way is our President, is to send his Servant,
tomorrow for Cambridge. I am to send a few Lines by him. If his Man should come to
you to deliver this Letter, treat him very kindly, because he is a kind, humane, clever
My Friend Joseph Bass, very cleverly caught the Small Pox, in two days after we arrived
here, by Inoculation and has walked about the streets, every day since, and has got
quite over it and quite well. He had about a Dozen Pimples upon the whole. Let his
Father and Friends know this.
We are distressed here for Want of Intelligence and Information from you and from
Boston, Cambridge &c. &c. &c. We have no regular Advices. I received one kind Letter
from you, in one from Coll. Warren.1
An excellent Letter, I had from him. It has done him great Honour, and me much good.
My Duty and Love to all. I have had miserable Health and blind Eyes almost ever since
I left you, but, I found Dr. Young here, who after scolding at me, quantum sufficit
for not taking his Advice, has pill'd and electuary'd me into pretty good Order.2
My Eyes are better, my Head is better, and so are my Spirits.
The Congress will support the Massachusetts. There is a good Spirit here. But We
have an amazing Field of Business, before us. When I shall have the Joy of Meeting
you and our little ones, I know not.
The military Spirit which runs through the Continent is truly amazing. This City turns
out 2000 Men every day. Mr. Dickinson is a Coll.—Mr. Reed a Lt. Coll.—Mr. Mifflin
a Major. He ought to have been a Genl. for he has been the animating Soul of the whole.
Coll. Washington appears at Congress in his Uniform and, by his great Experience and
Abilities in military Matters, is of much service to Us.
Oh that I was a Soldier!—I will be.—I am reading military Books.—Every Body must and
will, and shall be a soldier.