|Dear Sir,||Tuesday—27th Decr 1796|
I am sorry to hear that your cold is obstinate, & your indisposition continues.
If it will permit you to give a little attention to the Virginia Address, to day, that it may be dispatched by the Post of tomorrow, I would thank you.
In the moment I received it, I sketched something by way of an answer, but whether I have therein said too much, or too little for the circumstances attending the Address, or whether those circumstances ought to have the least influence in the reply (notwithstanding as you will perceive by the Gazette enclosed, & which I request may be returned, what the temper of the State is, relative to the Administration) is problematical: Therefore, and because you are better acquainted with the Legislature & politics of Virginia than I am I would be guided by your advice—and accordingly, if your health will allow it, I should be obliged to you for an entire new draught of an answers, or such unreserved correcti[ons] of the one sent as you may think is perfectly applicable to the case—civil & unexceptionable. I wish you better health and am your sincere friend and Affectionate Servant
P.S. If you are unable  to attend to this matter, pray send the papers back by the bearer.
NN: Papers of George Washington.