Philadelphia 3 July 1796. 8 o’clock P.M.
I have been honoured about an hour since with your private letter of the 1st instant by the return express.
I had been looking very anxiously for above a week for Captn Lewis; a circumstance that contributed to increase the pleasure I felt on learning the success of his mission, and which led me at the same time to make you the earliest communication.
Capn Bruff marched one complete company of artillery and about twenty five infantry. There have arrived at West Point since his departure about as many infantry as he carried with him which if you think proper may be ordered to follow. I think it was about the 23 ulto that the detachment moved from Schenectady.
I will endeavour to send you by Wendnesdays mail some information respecting what has delayed the visitors you mention; or whether all or any of them may be expected and when.
I was very much indisposed on friday and part of yesterday but I am pretty well to-day. With the most sincere respect I have the honour to be Sir your most obt & hble Sert
DLC: Papers of George Washington.