New York 12th: January 1799:
In compliance with the desire of my Sister at Berlin I enclose to you a small packet for W Hellen Esqr: which you will be so good as to hand him yourself—I have a small but valuable parcel in my charge for Mrs: Hellen, which I shall send on as soon as a safe opportunity offers. You may inform Mrs: H of this, with my best compts:—if she had not changed her name I would send her my love.
I forgot to inform you of my safe arrival here, from Hamburg in 46 days from land to land, but 52 days to this City. My passage was very happy, but very very boisterous. I am more than half a Seaman myself by this time. A Soldier I hope to be when I approach nearer to you—If you have any thing to say to me in reply please to address to me at Philadelphia for which I will set out by the blessing of God (& the weather) (as our Captn says) on Monday.
I am your Cousin
T. B Adams
OCHP: William Cranch Papers.