Philadelphia December 15th ’37
My dear Sister,
I came up to the City the day before yesterday,
will return to the Ship at New Castle in the morning, & I
suppose we will be underweigh Sunday or Monday, to go down to
the Capes, with the first fair wind we will then clear away
I met Mr. Boyd at Heads when I went to get Commodore Stewart’s
permission to remain here, he was kind enough to introduce me
to the Commodore & I got my leave without any difficulty.
Mrs Aspinwall is quite well, she will see company this
evening, & leave in the morning for New York. I have met
Miss Ann C several times in the street, she is enjoying herself
very much, but says she must go home next week, as they are in
trouble in York.
Mr. Witmer will take up to Lancaster when he goes at
Christmas, a dress made of bark, from the shores of the Red
Sea, & leave it at Mrs. Hubley’s, from whence Father or Sam can
take it home.
Aunt & our cousin send love to you all, I will write
from Norfolk. I shall not expect any letter from home
until I let you know what will become of me, for I may remain
at Norfolk, go to Washington, come here, or be sent somewhere,
as soon as I know the certainity I will write. & with love to all
I am you afft Brother