U.S. Ship Pennsylvania
Philadelphia November 6th '37
My dear Sister,
I had a very pleasant ride to this place,
tete a tete with Ellen Shepherd, between us we discoursed of
many things. Col. Fraser was her escort but he forsook her for
a knot of politicians & I had the field clear to myself. In
the morning I happened to meet Miss Smith, at the Marshall House
& was introduced. She is not pretty. I called at Mrs Coleman's
on Thursday morning, Miss Harriet & her Mamma were in the
parlor, Miss Ann not visible.
Friday morning I reported on board, & took up my quarters.
We have a very pleasant ship & live tolerably comfortable. I
have been keeping watch every night, but expect soon to be put
on other duty. The Ship was to drop down to Chester on the 10th
but I think the 20th will find us here, when we do get to Chester
we will remain there a week or two, to get in lines, provisions
&c. So the month will be at an end, ere we leave the Delaware.
Visitors are not ,at present allowed in the yard or on board
ahip, but I expect some days before we sail, will be set apart
to let those who have the curiousity visit, wonder & admire the
largest ship in the world.
Mr Wilder's family are all well, & have been expecting
Hunt & you down for some time past, they still hope you will come,
tno’ I tell them such an event is not likely, they desire love
When 1 hear more certainly of the Ship sailing I will
write again. I am pressed for time & must conclude, let me
hear from you soon. I hope James has recovered.
Your affte brother