|Sir||Washington 9th January 1797|
The enclosed was intended to go by the Winchester Mail, but recollecting that if any accident had happened to my former letter, it was owing to the inattention of that office. I concluded to bring it with me and forward it from hence—I have not much doubt with respect to your answer; but with the matter determined, that I may make my final Arrangements agreeably thereto. I am with Sentiments of the highest Respect and most sincere regard Sir your most Obt Humble Ser.
DLC: Papers of George Washington.