Fredg. 15th August 1807
The irregularty of the mails, has been ocationed from the imence fall of rain which has raised our river higher than it has been since ‘86 our bridge, is entirely gone, I am informed, Ellicotts and the Colchester bridges are also gone. I hope your communications will in future be regular. the Burr seige I fear will be as long as the seige of Troy
Accept my best wishes and believe me your friend
J Benson PM
MHi: Coolidge Collection.