[dateline] Octr. 20. 1775
[salute] Dr sir
The Bearer of this is John McPherson Esq.1
He is a Genius—an old Sea Warriour, Nine or ten Times wounded in Sea Fights.
He has a son in the Service—Aid de Camp to Schuyler—a very sensible Man.
Of Mr. McPhersons Errand to the Camp ask no Questions and I will tell you no false
News. It will make a Noise, in Time—but for the present for Gods sake let not a Word
I hope all our Friends who have Opportunity will show him Respect.