To Walter Stewart
New York Aug 27 1790
Since I wrote you last,1 I have engaged a house for an office, which is at the corner of Chestnut, and, I think, third Street, or in other words, the house of Mr. Coxe,2 formerly occupied by the President of Congress.
I give you this intimation that you may endeavour to procure one for me, as near that as you can, having regard to the quality and situation of the house.
One near Mrs. Allen’s3 has been mentioned to me, now occupied by Mr. Mead,4 who, it is said is about to leave it. From the description I have had of it I am led to think it may suit me. But I leave all to you.
If a house, in a convenient situation, cannot be had in time I would wish only to take it for a few months that I may be at liberty to look out for a better. I remain Yr friend & ser
ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City.
2. Presumably Daniel Coxe, a Philadelphia merchant whose house was at 93 Chestnut Street.
3. An entry in the Philadelphia Directory for 1791 reads: “Allen Mrs. gentlewoman, 155 Chestnut Street.”
4. George Meade was a Philadelphia merchant, who was the brother-in-law and former partner of Thomas FitzSimons. Meade’s house at this time was on Walnut Street just west of Third Street.