[dateline] Philadelphia June 16 1777
I had a most charming Packett from you and my young Correspondents, to day.
I am very happy, to learn that you have done such great Things in the Way of paying
Debts. I know not what would become of me, and mine, if I had not such a Friend to
take Care of my Interests in my Absence.
You will have Patience with me this Time, I hope, for this Time will be the last.
I shall stay out this Year, if I can preserve my Health, and then come home, and bid
farewell to great Affairs. I have a Right to spend the Remainder of my days in small