New Haven December 1st. 1800.
Your Billet of the 18th ulto, was handed to me this day, on my return from a Short Journey, I have found the letter Madam, which you alluded to. It was printed in October last, the other side is nearly full of Electionering for President &c—It contains one advertisement, which I think may lead to a possession of Said letter—Vizt
Out of my pocket this afternoon in some part of George Town, two Columbian Bank Notes—one a Ten and the other a five Dollar Note—any person upon delivering them to the Printer hereof or to the Subscriber, at the George Town Ferry, Shall receive a reward of Two Dollars.—
(Signed) Clement Sewall
October 3d. 1800.
I have always endeavoured to keep free from public Criticism, and having been absent from my Native Country several years, In the interim, I have been informed, Several Laws have been passed, the force whereof, I am not acquainted with, therefore do not know what is Sedition, and what is not, I do not know whether—Cutting out a letter in which a particular Character is designated, and forwarded abroad, can be construed as Treason—I will however Madam take the risk upon myself—and forward said letter, if It cannot be obtained with you. I am Madam with great Consideration your Obedient Servant
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