Quincy December 18 1798
I think I do not hear from you So often as when I was in Philadelphia. I hope mrs Smith and you did not take a Surfeit of Quincy during your residence here—the travelling has not been Such as to tempt any one out for pleasure. the Snow has so bankd the roads this way and in many places it is bare Ground, that I fear we Shall not have good Roads this winter. if the Roads had been good I believe I Should have collected courage Sufficient to have calld in upon you Some fine day. my health is much better than in the Summer, tho I find frequent mementoes of my late Sickness. I have obtaind in a great measure my Regular Sleep which compensates for many of the infirmities of the Day. I hope mrs Smith and the children are well.
mr Black tells me you have reserved a cask of your Sherry wine for me. I am much obliged for your kind attention. when you have an opportunity to make out your account you will be so good as to forward it to me, least I Shall get much in debt.
I inclose a Bill of <
Layding> Lading which I received of Some flower. if it arrives Safe I will thank you to receive it for me, and let me know of it—with Love where due / I am your affectionate Friend
MHi: Smith-Townsend Family Papers.