Tuesday morning 28 June 1796.
Capn Lewis says he was treated with much civility by Lord Dorchesters family—That the people seemed every where pleased at the prospect of a friendly intercourse with our citizens—Lord Dorchester was particular in his inquiries respecting your health, and seemed pleased to learn that you were well and looked well. I believe his Lordship is himself about seventy. Lewis could have dined out for a month at Quebec. The first toast the king of Great Britain, the second, invariably, the President.
He would have been back sooner but for a fever which laid him up six days in Quebec and arrested him only on his journey.
The express not having appeared at 5 o’clock agreeably to orders has given me the opppertunity to add these particulars and to congratulate you on an event which adds a large tract of Country and a wide source of commerce to the territory. and industry of the United States. With the sincrerst respect I am Sir your most obt St
DLC: Papers of George Washington.