To Clement Biddle
Mount Vernon 15th Octr 1797.
Your letter of the 28th ulto has been received, and I sincerely regret the continuance of the malady which afflicts the City of Philadelphia, and other Seaport Towns; but hope the frosts which we have lately had, & the approaching cold, will eradicate the disorder.
The Season rendering the Room for which I wanted a stove in a manner useless for the purpose it was designed without one, I have procured one in Alexandria. Although it is not altogether such as I wanted, a very good shift can be made with it; and as it supercedes the necessity of those I had written to you for, I have now to request you will decline sending them, or either of them.1 The other matters you will be so good as to send when an opportunity offers. With esteem & regard I am—Dear Sir Your Obedient Hble Servt
ALS, owned (1972) by Mr. Erskine B. Wood, Portland, Oreg.; ALS (letterpress copy), NN: Washington Papers; LB, DLC:GW. The left margin of the ALS appears to be torn, and the letterpress copy of the ALS has been used to supply missing words and letters.