From Francis Hopkinson
Philada. May 10. 1790
My dear Friend
I am anxious to write a few Lines to you; but my late Mallady has had so strange an Effect that, for some Months I could not write at all, and yet express myself imperfectly and with great Difficulty. What I now say must be only in few Words.
I wish to repay the Monies you have advanced for me, but know not the Amount. The principal Articles are the Encyclode. the Physic. Bibli. Œconom. a sett of Crayons &c. I have nothing against these but some News Papers, Magazines, and Museums, but I can easily make out my Side of the Account. I wish to know whether you would have the Museums and Magazines forwarded by the Editors or not.
I have many things to say to you on Philosl. Projects and other Mischellaneous Subjects but cannot urge them now. Be assured that I sincerely love and esteem you, and will tell you so more at large when I shall have recover’d the use of my Pen. I have but few Words to spare. If I had but Six left three of them should be spent in saying I love you,
RC (DLC); endorsed as received 12 May 1790 and so recorded in SJL.