|Dear Sir,||New York Decr 27th 1796|
I did not get your Letter of the 24th inst. with its inclosure, until after the post of yesterday had departed. the Ship Swan Joseph Woodham Master sails tomorrow for Liverpoole and I shall put your Dispatch into his bag. no Vessell is going shortly to London, indeed if there was I should prefer this conveyance as more safe not having to pass thro’ the channell.
Mrs Walker joins in respectfull compliment to Mrs Washington—I anticipate the pleasure I soon expect, of congratulating her on the near approach of an event so Long wished for and am Dr Sir Your very affectte obliged Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.