Mount Vernon 16th Augt 1796.
As I propose to commence my journey to Philadelphia tomorrow, the intention of this letter is only to acknowledge the Receipt of yours of the 12th instant, enclosing a translation of that from the Dey of Algiers to the President of the United States.
Although I begin my journey to morrow, I am unable to say when I shall conclude it. So constant, & excessive have the Rains been in this quarter, that, according to my information, the Roads in many places are almost impassible; but patience & perseverence will, I expect take me to Philadelphia by Monday or Tuesday next. I am always and sincerely Yr Affectionate
P.S. Be so good as to have the enclosed letter decyphered against my arrival.