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My dearest Friend
I have written so largely to you [Abigail to John, 25 May 1781] by Mr. Storer who goes in the same vessel, that I should not have taken up my pen again, but in compliance with the request of a Friend whose partner is going abroad, and desires a Letter to you as an introduction. Of Mr. Dexter the Bearer I know nothing but his Name. I have inclosed the Letter [The enclosed letter has not been found.] which I received from his partner who you know is a valuable Gentleman, and Eminent in his profession.
As Election is not passed I have nothing New to add. My wishes for your Health and happiness and my anxiety to hear from you are an old Story. Should I tender you my warmest affections, they are of a date, almost with my first knowledge of you, and near coeval with my existance, yet not the less valuable I hope to a Heart that know not a change, but is unalterably the treasure of its ever affectionate
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