From Henry Dearborn
Washington Septr. 1t. 1803
Finding it necessary to remove my family from this place for the recovery of thier health, I have concluded to retire about twenty miles into the country, for two or three weeks, and as billious complaints are becoming prevalent in the City, & will probably increase until Octobr. permitt me to advise you not to return until the first of Octobr; your present situation being a high & healthy one, you will be the more likely to be effected by the change.—
with sentiments of respectfull esteem, I am Sir Yours.
RC (DLC); at foot of text: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received from the War Department on 5 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.