|My dear Son||Philadelphia Feb. 12. 1797|
It will now become necessary for me to have a Secretary as soon as possible. If Mr Malcom can come, I should be glad to have him immediately. I must have him on or before the first of March. Pray write me by return of Post, whether I can depend upon him. If he cannot come I must look out for one here. When I go home, he may return to you and remain with you till my return to Philadelphia. As I am to take the oath of Office in Publick on the fourth of March I should be glad to see the Face of one of my Children upon that occasion and as it is not possible I can have any but you, I shall be the more glad to see you here, if your Business will not suffer too much by it. Business must be attended to above all Curiosities or trifling gratifications.