Mount Vernon 14th Oct. 1796
We have not precisely fixed the day on which to commence our Journey for Philadelphia, but I expect, if nothing unforeseen happens to prevent it, to be in that City on, or about the first day of next month.
I request therefore that every thing necessary to be done in or about the house may be compleated before we arrive: Painting especially. It is my wish to leave the tenement in good repair.
As soon as the time is resolved on for my setting out, and the Stages fixed, I will write you again for the purpose of regulating my letters in the Post Office.
I caught a bad cold on my way home, from which I have not yet been thoroughly relieved. Mrs Washington has one, at present, worse than mine; Mrs Stuart has been very ill, but is some what better; Nelly & Washington are with her, at Hope Park—In short the family have been more sickly than usual. I am Yours affectl.