To William Short
Philadelphia Septr 1st 1793.
If this letter should reach your hands, it will be presented by Mr Lear, a Gentleman who has lived with me more than Seven years—The last four of which as my Secretary.
He is now withdrawing himself from this Office; having engaged in a mercantile scheme; which, for a short stay, takes him to Europe—His conduct during the period he has resided in my family, has been so uniformly good as to entitle him to my affectionate regard, and is my apology for recommending him to your civilities, in case he should fall in your way, during his absence from this Country. From none wd you be able to obtain oral information more to be relied on, of the situation of affairs in this Country. With esteem & regard I am—Sir Your Obedt Hble Servt
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