Philadelphia 11th Feby 1797
The enclosed is the copy of a letter I wrote you agreeably to the date; but as it was to take its chance from the stage office, and letters by private conveyances do not always get to their destination, I trouble you with a duplicate; as well on that account, as because I find my journey home requires the purchase of a third horse, or mare, for the draught.
This third one must, in every respect, be conformable to the description of the last two; except (as it is to go with three others which I have) that it ought to be a bay, and of somewhat better figure. For the reason mentioned in my last, I should prefer, greatly, Mares; and if they were to be here before the first of March (that they might be exercised together, & with breastplates instead of collars) it would be desirable.
At any rate let me hear from you as soon as convenient that I may know what to depend upon. With esteem & regard I am Dear Sir Yr Obedt Servant