Mount Vernon 3d Augt 1796
Your letter of the 28th of July came to my hands by the last Post. The other, which you allude to, was presented to me at Wilmington as I passed through that place, abt the middle of June. I did not answer it; for in truth I had not time; nor did I know where to direct a letter to you.
As soon as I arrived at this place, I sent your letter (wch I received at Wilmington) to Mr Howell Lewis, informing him that his note was in my hands; & that I would receive the money & transmit it to you. I have heard nothing from him since, but his Brother in Fredericksburgh (to whose care I sent the letter) wrote me, that Howell had gone (on a journey) into the upper Country.
If I should receive the money on your note, before I leave this, it shall be paid to you when I return to Philadelphia; which will be by the first September; If I should not, I shall return the note, and you must pursue legal measures to obtain payment as I can have no further Agency in the Business. I am—Your Hble Servant
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