Philadelphia July 17th 1798
I received your Letter with mr Quincys oration which justly merrits all the praise bestowed upon it. I write you a line this morning to inform you that I Shall get Letters ready to send on to Thomas welch if he should go before I arrive, I hope the Senate will be up in a day or two, as the Secretary of War arrived here this morning and brings Gen’ll Washingtons acceptance of the appointment. Nominations will be sent this day to Senate of Such officers as are thought best to commission. I presume the commander in Chief will not be call’d from his Home at present. Congress would not agree to declare war, if unpleasent concequences ensue. they only are responsible—. Mr Gerry will certainly be here in a few weeks if not detained I presume; or if he is in the free use of his understanding. what embarressments has his Stay occasiond!
I have ventured to Send a trunk by water again. I have had it addrest to you, thinking it my be safer to trust it so than addrest to the owner. it would certainly be plunderd then, if the capt met with Pirates. I cannot Say when we Shall be able to leave here, but hope it may be in the course of the next week.
with my affectionate Regards to all / Friends I am / Yours &C—
MHi: Smith-Townsend Family Papers.