Philadelphia 6th: August 1799.
I came to town this morning to attend the Supreme Court of the United States, and as I had no other place to go to, I took possession, for the purpose of writing my letter of the Presidents house, whence I now address you from your own desk—Nothing has been yet done at Court, but an argument is fixed for tomorrow morning. Judges Cushing & Tredell are absent the latter is said to be sick. Chief Justice Ellsworth looks in better health than I ever saw him. I shall pay my respects to him in the course of the day.
There seems to be no apprehensions of fever, but the City is very thin of inhabitants; almost every second house in some streets is shut up.—I got no letter from you or any one of the family last week, and therefore I have little to say, save that I am well as usual / & remain affectionately / Your’s,
T. B. Adams
P.S. your friend Peters is out of town & I never see him to deliver your message—
MHi: Miscellaneous Papers.