To William Eden
Camp near Valley-forge June 15th 1778
On Wednesday evening1 I had the honor to receive your polite favor of the 9th Instt. If an occasion shall present itself of an interview with Doctor Ferguson, you may rely Sir, I shall esteem myself happy, in shewing him the civilities due to his literary and social character.
I thank you much for your care of the Letters addressed to myself. The one from your Brother Sir Robert, gave me particular satisfaction, as it not only excited a pleasing remembrance of our past intimacy and friendship, during his residence in this Country, but also served to shew that they had not been impaired by an opposition of political sentiments. And you will permit me to add, that if the situation of national affairs would admit, I should be no less desirous of cultivating your acquaintance than you would be of mine.
With respect to the other Letters, I shall transmit them to the persons to whom they are directed, as opportunities may offer. I have the Honr to be with great personal esteem & respt Sir, Yr Most Obedt Servt
ALS (facsimile), NN; Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. The draft is undated but docketed 12 June, and the Varick transcript has the same date.
1. Wednesday was 10 June.