Philadelphia May 16 1800
I could not but regreet that we had not the pleasure of Seeing you in Philadelphia, as you got so near. But we could not prevail upon mrs Smith to Stay any longer. I hope to have the Satisfaction of Seeing you Soon at Quincy. I shall leave here on monday. the President will Sit out next week for Washington.
I have to trouble you again with an other Bill of Laden. the chairs mentiond in it be so good as to have particular care taken of them, as they must be Sit upon their feet when transported.
You will learn that great Changes have taken place in the Cabinet. Some will mourn, Some will rejoice. Some will blame others will censure. all this was foreseen
in haste Yours
MHi: Smith-Townsend Family Papers.