Shore of Leith June 18th 1783
see letter of 28 February 1783
The above is a Copy of a letter I wrote your Excellency, upon the first opening of the packet for America; and I hope it has long e’er now, been honour’d by your perusal—this will I trust be delivered you by Mr Ralph Bowie in person, who goes out to settle at Philadelphia—And I sincerely hope, he will meet with that encouragement, his great Merit Deserves; should your Excellancy, not yet have employ’d any Man of Business on my Account, I dare [ ] could not find a fitter hand than [ ][Bowie].
with every good Wish for your temporal and Eternal happiness, I remain, your Excellencys Most Sincere, Humble Servant,
DLC: Papers of George Washington.