|My Dear son Thomas||Philadelphia Decr 13. 1795|
By Mr Hall who is bound to London, I must not omit to write to you. It is now the Second Year Since your Departure, and although I cannot but consider your absence as an Advantage to you, I am not the less sensible of a void around me, when I reflect that all my Children are absent from me. Your Brother at New York has taken a decent house in front Street No. 91 Situated in the Center of Navigation a Scæne of much Business, happy with his Sally and two Domestics.—I found him in his office, surrounded with Clients, and he tells me his Business has increased three fold Since his removal to that Place. Your Sister and her three Children are well and as happy as the Incumbrances of Riches and Splendor will allow them to be.—I wish the Riches may be durable but I wish also that the Splendor were diminished.
Our Senatorial Gallery is erected and We have a respectable [. . .].
Eloquence will increase and Reason diminish—[. . . ] the Gallery will disappoint those who promoted it. The Popular Idols will loose Worshippers and the [. . .] Gods be more generally revered.
I am my dear Child your / affectionate Father