|Dr Sir||Fredericksburg 4th of May 1796|
The last post brought me your letter of the 28th of last month, covering one with other papers to my Brother Howell, which I delivered. he expressed much concern that you should have been applyed to on the business contained and conceived it to be a rude attempt, to exact from you money which they might have had, and has ever been ready provided a proper application had been made for it. I think he observed, that he had passed a note or bond for the money which he wished to have got, before he would pay any order, that the note was originally given to some man who had transfered it to others, that by paying the money without getting his note, he might be placed in a disagreable situation, however he is determin’d to forward the money immediately, by some person going to Philadelphia.
Mrs Lewis is returned to town, but still in bad health, we shall leave this so soon as our district court terminates (which is now setting) for Mr Carters in Culpeper county, in hopes that the ride and change of air will contribute in restoreing her to health again—she joins me in love and best wishes to my Aunt, and accept the respect and esteem of—Yr Affectionate Nephew