To Elbridge Gerry
Philadelphia May 25. 97
I this moment recieve your [favor] of the 22d. Nine days before that, to wit, May 13. I had [written to you my last] letter acknoleging the [receipt of yours] of May [4.] […]1 that that of Apr. 4. with the [one for] Monroe […]2 hand. My letter was directed to yourself ‘to the care of Mr. Osgood New York.’ from which I hoped it would be stopped there as I did not superscribe the place of your residence. I [hope] you will have got it ere now; and I shall be […] [whether] you have, lest it get into hands who [may make improper] use of it, and by pretended translations and [re-translations] make it say what they please. Should you not recieve it, I will send a duplicate. What stay do you make in New York? When 12. hours will bring you here, will nothing tempt you to visit us? Adieu Your’s affectionately
P.S. The letter to Monroe shall be taken care of and delivered the moment he arrives.
PrC (DLC); badly faded; at foot of text: “Elbridge Gerry esq.”
1. Estimated five words illegible.
2. Estimated four words illegible.