From Francis Lewis
New York Decemr. 1st. 1788
I have been honored with your favor dated the 1st of May, delivered me by Mr. Berger, a Gentleman, whom you recommend to my advice in the mercantile line. Be assured Sir, that I shall embrace every opportunity of executing your recommendations to effect; but having from the commence of peace with Great Britain together with my advanced age, declined all business in the mercantile line, my power has not been adequate to my wishes for rendering him the necessary services in that branch, and as he purposes to carry on a commercial intercourse with this Country, my best endeavours shall not be wanting towards its promotion.
It will at all times give me the utmost pleasure to execute every requisition with which you may honor me.
I have the honor to be, Sir Your most obedient & most Humble Servant
RC (MHi); endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 31 Jan. 1789.