From Jacob Read
Philadelphia Wednesday 19th Decembr 1798
I obey the request of the Author of the within Scheme of a Review in presenting the inclosed copy for your Excellency’s perusal[.] Mr Simons supposed you were still in this City which I believe induced him to make the request, and I shou’d not have deemed the subject of sufficient importance to have troubled you with a Letter had not my own feelings been a good deal gratified in an opportunity of presenting to you[r] View the high state of discipline in which the Militia of Charleston are. for to be able with promptitude & exactness to perform the Evolutions ordered in the scheme both officers & men must be much advanced in the Military science.1
I with great pleasure avail myself of the present opportunity of enquiring after your own & Lady’s health & of expressing the hope that you arrived at Mount Vernon in perfect health & without accident.
Mrs Read requests you will do her the honour to present her respectful Compliments to Mrs Washington to which I pray you also to add mine. I am with the greatest respect and regard Your most obedt Servt
ALS, NN: Washington Collection.
1. James Simons’s Scheme of the Review, for the 13 November, 1798, in Pursuance of Orders from Brigadier General Washington (Philadelphia, 1798) is a single sheet. “Brigadier General Washington” is William Washington. Read was in Philadelphia as senator from South Carolina.