Philadelphia 10 November 1807
No opportunity before the present, offering to Ship your Wine; I delayed untill now acknowledging your letter of the 22d past. The Brig Betsey, Russel Stevens, Master that sails this day has on board the three Kegs; they come without mark, are not quite full; but being embaled, I deemed’ it unnecessary to go to the expence of Casing them.
Enclosed is Captain Stevens receipt, who for security has caused them to be put into his own stateroom. Whether, to evaporation to leakage, absorption or pilfering is to be attributed, the loss that already has accrued I know not; but hope in their present state they will safely reach you. The expences contained in a note accompanying this amount to $8.9/100.
With the utmost respect, I am Sir Your obedient hum Servt
Jno Shee, Collector
MHi: Coolidge Collection.