From Henry Dearborn
Boston July 8th. 1811
I take the liberty of presenting you a copy of an Oration pronounced on the 4th inst. by my Son,1 as to its merit, I can only say, that I hope the imperfections & defects may be in some measure ballanced by the honest zeal of the author. The two Mrs. Coles2 were with us at our festival. They set out this morning for the District of Maine. Please to ask Mrs. Madison to accept the tender of my best respects, and to ac[c]ept for yourself assurence of respectful regards.
P. S. We have had five unusually hot days. The Thermometer each day up to 98 or 99.
1. Henry Alexander Scammel Dearborn, An Oration, Pronounced at Boston, on the Fourth Day of July, 1811; before the Supreme Executive and in the Presence of the Bunker-Hill Association (Boston, 1811; Shaw and Shoemaker description begins R. R. Shaw and R. H. Shoemaker, comps., American Bibliography: A Preliminary Checklist for 1801–1819 (22 vols. to date; New York, 1958—). description ends 22672).
2. Dearborn was referring to Edward and John Coles.