[dateline] Philadelphia Feb. 7. 1797
[salute] My dearest Friend
I recd Yesterday together your Letters of the 28. 29. and 30th of January.
It is impossible for me to give any Directions about our affairs at Quincy. I shall
be hurried here with Business and Ceremony. I like your Plan to get Mears but fear
he will not agree to it.
When you come here I hope you will bring all the Women you want. I would not have
any other than N. England Women in the House on any Account. Why cant Becky and Betcy
too come here.
But I can determine nothing, untill the H. of Representatives Shall determine— I cannot
even receive the Furniture belonging to the Public, without their Act.1
If I have an House to furnish—I will have no House before next December, if then.
I will live at Lodgings at Francis’s Hotel.
The Governors Retirement does him Honour. I wish I could retire too: but it is now
too late. I am in the Cage and cant get out as yet. The Examination is to be tomorrow
after which We shall soon see what turn Things are to take.
I am with the tenderest Affection yours / & only yours forever