Philadelphia 26 Septr 1796.
Since you left this nothing out of the common course of things has occurred. Genl Pinckney sailed yesterday morning.
I have taken particular pains to know what reception your address to the people met with here; and truly declare that not a Single instance of disapprobation of any part thereof has been found. With general regret for the cause which produced it, all seem to agree in the solid truths which the address contains. Many respectable characters even now, think it will be impossible for you to retire, owing to the importunities of, the people for you to remain in your present station.
On the morning of your departure, Mr Claypoole, (who was wanting to purchase the round bottom) called here & from what he told me seemed inclined to give the price you asked for it. He said he should go on to Alexandria & would see you respecting it. Be pleased to present me dutifully & affectionately to my Aunt; & believe me Dr Sir with affecte attachment, Yr obt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.