June 19 1797 Philadelphia
My dear Sir
I this moment received your obliging favour of July 13. I Saw in yesterdays paper an account of Captain Carters galant behaviour. if our merchant men had been permitted to arm under due restrictions, and that only for defence, we should not have been subject to so many abuses and robberies.
You must not think me too variable when I inform you that the wind has changd to the Northward, and that if no Western or Southern Gale [a]ssails us we propose sitting our Faces towards you on the beginning of next week, so that if the Carriage is not Shipt it may remain untill we come on. if any oats are to be had in Town Will you be so good as to Secure us 50 Bushels.
present my kind regards to all Friends and believe me as ever—your truly affectionate