Peacock at Anchor off the Navy Yard
May 27th 1834 10 a.m.
My Dear Father
We got up to the city last night, and are now anxiously awaiting the arrival of our leaves of absence from Washington, which will be in the course of three or four days – By the way – my last clean shirt was rather the worse for wear round my neck, those with a ½ worn blue jacket pants & cap constituted the ³tout ensemble² of my appearance on our arrival in a City of our Native Land. The winds failing, obliged us to come to for the night opposite Catharine Ship, and after all was secure I with some others procured permission to go on shore – As of course we could not venture there during the day – we took the earliest opportunity of visiting the city to procure clothing sufficient to enable us there to appear in open day until they are finished, I shall keep my self on board ship.
The few lines I so hastily dispatched by the News Boat must have reached you on eve this, and a letter from you I will look for to morrow evening.
Goodbye – We are all so busy I have not much time to write & if I had I could not collect my thoughts to say more – I hope to find you all in good health and spirits as I am.
Remember me affectionately to all the family & friends
I am your most affectionate Son