Boston Sepber: 20th: 1800—
My dear sir
The same reasons which prevented my having the honour of dining with you yesterday now exist, and deny me the pleasure of doing it to day—From the confidence I have that your wishes are that every officer should be at his post, when his duties as such manifestly require it I persuade my self that you will not charge me <
with> with neglect in these instances.—
Believe me my dear sir in / Assurances that I am with the / highest consideration
your / Affectionate friend & most / Obedient servant—
P.S I return to Hingham by water—
MHi: Adams Papers.