Phila. Decr 15th 1781.
My dear Sir,
Your private letter of the 22d Ulto came to my hands the day before yesterday, and giving fresh assurances of your attachment & regard for me was received with gratitude and Affection. As I feel myself interested in every thing which concerns you it is with unfeigned pleasure I hear the plaudits which are bestowed on your conduct by Men of all descriptions—public & private—and I communicate them to you with heart felt pleasure—there is no Man that does not acknowledge your eminent services, nor is there any one that does not allow that you have done great things with little means.
I wish the detachment commanded by Genl St Clair may not be much reduced before it reaches you—from what I have heard this is much to be feared.
Mrs Greene is now in this City on her way to So. Carolina. She is in perfect health and in good Spirits—and thinking no difficulty too great not to be encountered in the performance of this visit, it shall be my endeavor to "strew the way over with flowers"—Poor Mrs Washington who has met with a most severe stroke in the loss of her amiable son & only child Mr Custis, is here with me, and joins me most cordially in every wish that tends to your happiness and glory. Most sincerely & affectionately I am—Dr Sir Yr Most Obed. Ser[vt]