Philadelphia July 24th. 1798
my dear Madam
I expect to set out tomorrow, on my journey to the Eastward. If the Letters which you may have written Should not reach me first, I have directed that they should be sent on to the post office at N York where I shall get them; you will please in futur to address your Letters to Quincy near Boston. I have received a Friendly Letter from mrs Dalton, in which she is very earnest to learn how I heard that mr Dalton was Bound for Duncanson, and that it was a mistake; for that mr Dalton had absolutely refused when he found that mr Cranch was the person injured. in replie I wrote mrs Dalton that it was true I had heard such a report, and that I did think very hard of it considering the Friendship which had always Subsisted between our Families—but that the report was soon Contradicted, and that I was perfectly Satisfied with the account she had given of the Subject. I wholy waved giving her any account of the Source from which I obtaind information.
I hope my dear Madam that your Health is better and that you will not be discouraged by the distance, from Letting me hear frequently from you. My kind Regards to mr Johnson and to the Young Ladies / From your Friend and Humble Servant