To Jeremiah Wadsworth
[New York, March 23, 1788]
I have reflected on the subject of our conversation respecting the property belonging to Mr. Church and yourself now in the City of Philadelphia and agree in opinion with you that it will be altogether adviseable to remove it from that place to this City or Connecticut or both, so as to have it more immediately under your eye.1 I would therefore by all means advise the step.
I remain Yr. Affet & Obed
Jeremiah Wadsworth Esqr
ALS, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford.
1. During the American Revolution John B. Church and Wadsworth had formed a business partnership which had been dissolved in 1785. From the time of his retirement from the Army in 1782, H had managed the American business affairs of Church, who at the war’s end had returned to Europe. The property in Philadelphia owned by Wadsworth and Church was handled by John Chaloner, a Philadelphia merchant. When Church returned to the United States for a visit in 1785, he concluded that Chaloner had been inept in the management of his affairs. It was probably for this reason that Wadsworth and H decided to remove the property still belonging to Wadsworth and Church from Philadelphia.