To Tench Coxe

    Biddeford        19 August 1794

    My dear Sir—

    The Bearer, Mr. [Samuel?] Freeman is a Gentleman of my acquaintance from Portland; who is on a Journey to Philadelphia a few days—as much, perhaps, to see the Capital of the United States, as on private Business—He is well acquainted with the civil & political state & parties in our part of the world and will be able to answer many queries that your disposition for information into the true state of things, in the various quarters of the Country, will lead you to make him—

    I read with grief the injuries done to my old Friend Genl. Nevil by the McFarland mob1—while my indignation is unrestrained against those insurgents to all order & the best of Governments—I hope the Executive arm of the United States will be uplifted against that band of murderers & smite them with a curse2 We are all staunch Republicans in this District, & delight in a Government of Laws—And this Government we will support—

    Next to the prosperity of our Zion we rejoice in the successes & victories of our Gallic friends—I think I can already see Ezekiels Surveyor with his measuring Rod in his hand meeting out the bounds of the New Jeresulems3 that are to rise in Europe—Kings, like the Dagon of the Philistines,4 must fall down before the Revolutionary arke of France, while all the old Governments through the world shall be ground to powder even as Aarons golden Calf was pulverised by Moses Chimestry5

    If you have leisure to afford me a few Lines by Mr. Freeman, touching the Politics of the Capital I shall be extremely gratified6

    What is the state of the Frontiers with regard to [John Graves] Simcoe? will there be any fighting there before Congress convenes? Can you tell me any thing further of the success of our Envoys Extraordinary,7 than what I glean from News-paper Scrips? All the good Republicans here cry out Give us peace—& bless Congress for the deeds of the last Session—while the President & his Counsellors daily rise in the estimation & praises of all men—

    I am, my dear Sir, with the highest esteem & most sincere respect your friend & very humble Servant

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    ALS, Coxe Family Papers, PHi. Addressed to Philadelphia.