Philadelphia March 20th 1800
my Dear Mrs Smith
Mr Erwing who is the Bearer of this Letter can describe to you the gaieties of this city, in which he has joined very generally. it is said here that he is an admirer of the late Countess De Tilly, now miss Bingham. he has been very assiduous in his attentions to her, whether with Success, time must disclose—
I was last Evening at mr otiss the only place where I ever Spend an Evening. Miss Harriot gave a dance to her Schoolmates, about 12 or 14 couple. I was much gratified at Seeing the young folks enjoy themselves. I left them at half past nine and found that the older folks kept the Dance going till 12, in which Mrs otis Mrs Wilson miss Breck & mrs Lee & miss L Smith joined.
Please to tell cousin Betsy that there is certainly much more of the Social, and less of the Ceremonious amongst the Philadelphians this winter than I have ever known before. there removing into the Country in the Summer, has certainly familiaized them to each other, and renderd there manners more Social and agreable
I have taken this opportunity to Send you a pattern of a dress for little Boys going first into man’s apparel the waistcoat buttons behind, and Shirt Sleave has a little ruffel round and the bosom you see is quite open the Same as a Slip—marks are made where the Buttons are put. it is a very pretty dress for Summer and little Boys as large as Capt Isaac was, last Summer, wear them I thought master Thomas would look well in them. I hope you mean to [. . .] Some part of the Summer at Quincy. I contemplate it with pleasure; I hope to be at Quincy by the middle of May. do you know of any woman black or white that I could engage for a Cook. will you be so kind as to make inquiry for me.
with my Love to Mr Smith cousin Betsy and the Children, I am your Friend
Remember to Aunt Edwards and to mrs Green
MHi: Smith-Townsend Family Papers.