Philadelphia 22d Decr 1796
In the month of November, I had the honor to receive your letter, and a few days since, that of the first Vol: of your Essays, Political Economical and Philosophical. For these marks of your polite attention to me, I pray you to accept my best thanks.
Congress being in Session, & my time, consequently much occupied with the business of it, will allow me no leisure until the close thereof to give the work an attentive perusal; the doing of which will, I am persuaded, afford both pleasure & edification to Sir, Your Most Obedient & Obliged Hble Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.