Philadelphia April 13 1800
my dear Neice
By mr. Beals who is going to Boston, I send you a Little dress for Thomas when he changes his peticoats for other apparil, if they will fit Edward let him have them, the waistcoat may be let out, as you see by the lower part; the neck is as open as with their Slips. it is a very pretty cool dress for children just changing the form of their cloathing. I fear Master Thomas [jockey] will be out of Season before it reaches you if so you must strip it of its fur. we are now in full Bloom & verdure and the Season is delightfull. Congress will sit into June I fear, but I must be off in May; not so early in the month as I at first designd. I do not like to leave the President alone as he will be obliged to stay as long as Congress please to sit, even tho it should be into July.
I heard from your Brother & Family yesterday. mrs Cranch was recovering from an indisposition to which married Ladies are some times subject. Your Brother was gone to Annapolis; Mrs Johnson is here upon a visit, and I am much pleased with her, tho I formerly knew her; it was rather in a formal and ceremonious way; not as now connected with the Family. Mrs Smith is with Her [. . .] I heard from her last week. She and Caroline were well. I am not without a hope that the Col will be sent to Road Island with his Regiment this Summer and then I shall have the pleasure of seeing mrs Smith.
my kind regards to mr Norton. Love to the Children from Your affectionate
Aunt A A
MHi: Jacob Norton Papers.