[dateline] Braintree Decr. 23d. 1777
[salute] My dear Sir
On my Return from Portsmouth, to which Place I made an Excursion upon a certain maritime
I Yesterday met your kind Letter of Decr. 3. from the Camp at White Marsh. I thank
you Sir for the assurances you give me of your Attention to Mr. Smiths Concern, with
which I acquainted him, upon my first Reading of your Letter.
Am much pleased with your Account of the Strength of the Army, and I hope that Cloathing
will not be wanting. Large Quantities are purchasing here for its use and a fine Collection
was yesterday, conveyed into the Continental store in Kings Street.
You wish for the Concurrence of a certain Lady, in a certain Appointment. This Concurrence,
may be had upon one Condition, which is that her Ladyship become a Party in the Voyage,
to which She has a great Inclination. She would run the Risque of the Seas and of
Enemies, for the Sake of accompanying her humble servant. But I believe it will not
The Committee have reported a Constitution, and the Confederation is arrived. So that
I suppose our Lawgivers will have Work enough for the Winter.
I have one little Favour to ask of you: it is to take the first opportunity of conveying,
by some public or private Waggon, my Chest to Boston, to the Care of Mr. Isaac Smith.
Mrs. Clymer has the Key.
I have another Chest in N. Jersey, in the Care of Mr. Sprout. If this can be sent
to Boston too I should be glad. I owe Mr. Sprout £4 Pennsylvania Currency for a Weeks
If you will be so good as to pay this, and send Word of it by a Line to my Partner
she will remit you the Money.
One other Favour of more Importance: it is that, wherever I may be, I may enjoy the
Benefit of your constant Correspondence, which will now become more necessary and
more acceptable, than ever, both upon public and private Considerations to &c.