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Philadelphia, 11 October, 1776.

I SUPPOSE your ladyship has been in the twitters for some time, because you have not received a letter by every post, as you used to do. But I am coming to make my apology in person. I yesterday, asked and obtained leave of absence. It will take me till next Monday to get ready, to finish off a few remnants of public business, and to put my private affairs in proper order. On the 14th day of October I shall get away, perhaps. But I Don't expect to reach home in less than a fortnight, perhaps not in three weeks, as I shall be obliged to make stops by the way.

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