MVB to James Nelson Welles, 21 February 1800
Accompaning [wi]th this you will find a Letter which I Wrote Im[medi]ately on the Receipt of yours but failed [. . .]tting an oppertunty this is therefore to Inform you that my mind remains the same as it then was In that I Informed you that Josiah tended C. Silvesters Store I now Inform you that he has been turned out for some Misconduct. P. Silvester Junr. is to Deliver an Oration 22d Instant in Commeration of that Great & Good man George Washington who (you must undoubtedly have heard is numbered with the Dead, Any attempt, that I could make towards making any Encomioms on his Excellency would be froutless, I must therefore Refrain from it Mr. Knapp is Vanished owing to some a too great Intamaccy he had with Bullors Daughter, Excuse these rough & hasty Sketches I give you as I am in haste but yet willing to spend some Time to write to such a Friend as absence that Test of Friendship has convinced me you are. Do write me when oppertunity offers.
Give my Respects &c.
N. B. Give my Res[pects] To Sally.
To the Care}
of Capt Pratt}
Letter from Mr. Martin Van
Beuren Junr. received in February
or March 1800.