Philadelphia 27th Novr 1796.
Your letter of the 17th under cover from Mr Lear came duly to hand, as did the Weekly reports of the 19th yesterday.
I am disposed to let Mr Smiths debt stand upon the security you have placed it—unless before the 24th of next month any circumstances should occur to render other measures necessary—or, on that day he should be unprepared to make payment & require further indulgence. In either of these cases, it is my desire that you will consult with Mr Lear & pursue effectual measures by requiring additional personal, or real Security, or both, to place my debt out of danger.
As you mentioned nothing relative to the Farms in your last letter I have nothing to add in this but to request information, and answers to the queries contained in my last letters—and a wish to know how the Winter grain & Vetches look, & How your Wheat & Corn is likely to yield. I am Your friend
P.S. In one of your letters, you mentioned that you had recovered eleven dollars of Jas Kirks money, but do not say whether it was returned to him or not. If it was not, give me credit for it, as he will be paid here.