Philadelphia Novbr 10 1800
My dear sister
I arrived in this City last Evening & came to the old House now occupied by Francis as an Hotel. Tho the furniture and arrangment of the House is changed I feel more at home here than I should any where else in the city, and when Sitting with my son & other friends who call to see me, I can scarc[e]ly persuade myself, that tomorrow I must quit it, for an unknown and an unseen abode. My Journey has hitherto been as propitious as I could have expected at this Season. Hearing by Louisa & from my worthy Brother Cranch that you & yours were regaining your Strength & gradually advancing I hope to Health, has given a new Spring to my Spirits, and I shall go on my way rejoicing. Mercy & judgment are the mingled cup allotted me. Shall I received good and not evil. At N York I found my poor unhappy Son, for so I must still call him, laid upon a Bed of Sickness, destitute of a home. The kindness of a friend afforded him an assylum. A distressing cough, an affliction of the liver and a dropsy will soon terminate a Life, which might have been most valuable to himself and others. You will easily suppose that this Scene was too powerfull and distressing to me. Sally was with him but his Physician says he is past recovery—I shall carry a melancholy report to the President, who passing through new york without Stoping knew not his Situation.
I Shall not say any thing to you upon political Subjects, no not upon the little Gen’ll[‘s] Letter but reserve it for a future Letter when I arrive at Washington and you have more health to laugh at the folly, and pitty the weakness, vanity and ambitious views of, as very a Sparrow as Sterns commented upon, in his Sentimental journey, or More describes in his fables—
with my best wishes for your perfect restoration to Health and that of your Family, I am my ever / dear sister your affectionate
Thank mr. Cranch for his kind Letters and mrs Black for her sisterly attention—Heaven reward her, may she never know the want of a Friend