To Samuel Lewis, Sr.
Mount Vernon 29th Septr 1799
I thank you for the trouble you have taken to explain the omission in the regularity of forwarding the Gazettes. I had ascribed it to the cause you have mentioned before the receipt of your letter of the 20th instant.1
I am not anxious to complete a file of the Aurora. If however, when Colo. Lear (my Secretary, & at present absent) returns, any of the numbers are missing, I may, probably, give you the trouble of replacing—or rather—filling them up.2 I am Sir Your obedt Humble Servant
ALS, PHi: Washington manuscripts.
1. Letter not found. Lewis was a clerk in the War Department.