[dateline] ante 19 July 1774
This may serve to apologize for so ungenteel a piece of Conduct as the carrying away
a Sum of Money (£ 13.8—lawful) which I have received in your behalf. Nothing but absolute
necessity could have forced me to do it but as I am leaving my friend you will not
wonder that I wanted money which could not otherwise be procured. I have stated the
matter in a letter I left for my father.
[salute] I am with much respect, your most Obed Servt.,