Philadelphia April 17th 1800
My dear sister
Inclosed is a Letter for the Doctor as the contents are valuable you will be so kind as to deliver it yourself, and give me notice that you have received it and done so by the first post
I Shall want to hear very often from you and to know how our affairs progress. I am most anxious about the painting and having the Rooms of the old House in order. Mrs Porter must have help. She will have Such a family that She cannot do without. I would have mrs Burrel have Some pots to lay me down Some more butter; she has Some which I desired her to put up for me last fall, but we are an Army of ourselves, and Shall want a good deal I am affraid I may not be in Season to provide that article
please to tell mrs Porter that I have got a new Coachman, and that James will not be with us this Summer. I think I have a decent civil sober Man, and a Native American. A Cook I Shall want, and She must be a woman. I will have no more men cooks. Richard has just got through the Small pox, which he has had So favorable as to keep him but three days from his buisness.
we are all well. Congress think of rising by the middle of May. our furniture must then all be packed and Sent to the Federal City, but I mean to get out of the way of that.
Affectionatly your Sister