Philadelphia 8th June 1796
My dear Sir,
I wou’d not let Mr Bingham (who Says he is about to Visit you) depart without acknowledging the receipt of several letters from you; & offering Mrs Knox and yourself, my sincere condolence on your late heavy loss. Great and trying, as it must be to your sensibility, I am persuaded after the first severe pangs are over you both possess fortitude enough to View the event, as the dispensation of providence, and will S[ubm]it to its decrees, with philosophical resignation.
The footing on which You placed the non acceptance of the Commission for ascertaining the true St Croix, was such, as to leave no hope of Your embarking in that undertaking after the arrival of the Commissioners from Great Britain, and his readiness to proceed therein was announced. I therefore nominated, and Mr Howell (of Rhode Island) by the advice & Consent of the Senate, is nominated in your place; and Mr Sullivan designated to prepare the Business for them.
Mr Bingham is so well versed in the Politics of this place & South of it, And so well acquainted with the movements in both houses of Congress; that it would be a Work of Supererogation in me to give you the details. To him then I refer you, for such relations as are interesting.
On Monday next, if not prevented by Occurrencies Yet unforeseen, I shall commence my Journey for Mount Vernon; but shall myself be returned to this City again before the first of Septr—not choosing to be longer absent from the Seat of Government. My best Wishes, in which Mrs Washington Unites are tendered to Mrs Knox, Yourself and family; and with sincere friendship and affecte Regard I am—always Yours
DLC: Papers of Thomas J. Clay.