philadelpha 22 August 1781
I arrived here the day before yesterday in a very bad situation with a great head-hoax and tooth-hoax and fever. I was afraid to be detained a long while in this town. but I treated the distemper in so rough a manner yesterday with bloodletting, emetick, [ ] that it left me. so I propose to set off to day after dinner and to travel as fast as I shall be able or rather the horses. unless something important occurs in the journey I shall not write to your excellency before I meet the marquis de lafayette. I am in great impatiance of that moment. I have the honour to be with the greatest respect and attachment your excellency the most obedient humbl. servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.