[dateline] Philadelphia Septr. 26. 1775
Your Favour, by my Friend Collins,1
never reached me till this Evening. At Newport, concluding to go by Water, he put
it into the Post office, least it Should meet with a Fate as unfortunate as Some others.
I call them unfortunate after the manner of Men for, altho they went into Hands which
were never thought of by the Writer, and notwithstanding all the unmeaning Noise that
has been made about them, they have done a great deal of good. Providence intended
them for Instruments to promote valuable Purposes, altho the Writer of them, thought
so little of them that he never could have recollected one Word in them, if they had
been lost. The most that I care about them, is the indecent Exposure of the Name of
who cannot be put to Pain, without giving me Uneasiness by Sympathy.
I boasted, Madam, of my Happiness, in my last to you, because I knew you could excuse
the appearance of Vanity, and because I knew very well that the Person who so deservedly
holds the first Place in your Heart, could say by Experience, that an Happiness so
perfect was not merely ideal.
I am much obliged to you, for your kind Information concerning the Health of a Lady
whom I esteem so highly. I presume her Indisposition has been the Cause why I have
not heard from her before. I rejoice to hear she is better. I Hope, my invariable
Friend, is better and that I shall receive a long Letter from him, Soon. My best Wishes
attend him, as well as all His.