From Henry Hill
Philada Augt 10th 1789
It is with the utmost Satisfaction I perceive in the Commission lately granted to Mr Meredith, a distinguishing instance of your powerful friendship.1 The publick Sentiment I sincerely believe if well express’d would accord with the appointment—As to my own feelings you will pardon my being not altogether prepar’d to render a just account of them on this agreeable occasion—The ability however to serve any of your purposes will I hope be distrusted rather than the gratitude Respect & affection that are due to you from, Sir Your most obedt Sert
Henry Hill (1736–1798) was a Philadelphia merchant in the Madeira trade and a producer of “Hill’s Madeira,” a well-known Philadelphia wine. Before and during the Revolution, Hill held a number of local and state positions and served as a colonel of the 4th Battalion of Philadelphia Associators. He died of yellow fever during the 1798 epidemic.