[dateline] Philada: Augst. 29th. 1777
[salute] Dear Madam
It is probable that Genl. Howe will waste the fall of this year between Chesapeak
Bay and Delaware River. I send you a copied sketch of part of the country to which
the Gazettes will frequently refer; as I know You give singular attention to the interesting
concerns of America in the present struggle.
This knowledge is only part of the foundation of my affectionate esteem of you. Nor
will I mention the whole.
I shall rather apologize for what there is already of Gallantry in my manner of conveying
this little Present to your hand.
I could, it is true, have delivered it to your Husband. But, I could not with delicacy
have told him, to his face, that your having given your heart to such a man is what, most of all, makes me yours, in the manner I have above sincerely
professed myself to be.