To Tench Coxe

    Biddeford        24 May 1795

    Dear Sir—

    This will be handed to you by Benjamin Brown Esqr., a Gentleman of my acquaintance from Maine, who is travling to Philadelphia & perhaps as far as the City of Washington, for his health and amusement—Your attention to me & my friends on former occasions induce me to request him to wait upon you should you be in Philadelphia during his tarry there—And as it is always in your power to give me some information of what is going on [in] the the great world, I need only tell you I live on one of the most extreme angles of Creation & hear but little of what is going forward towards the center—

    I ache for no secrets of State—I believe in the peculiar propriety of State-mysteries—which I wish not to look into—But in Theology I am a little more bold—

    The Senate will meet next week to consider Mr. [John] Jays Treaty—But if we believe the writers in two of your City papers it will certainly be rejected with disdain1—for it seems its contents are no secret to them—And they have not spared to expose it—or rather to guess at it, for the purpose of finding fault—

    The people in this State, with the exception of a very few individuals, continue to render thanks for peace, & pray for its continuance—Almost every one blesses the President for his steady measures as they call them—

    Our navigation flourishes with an accelerated motion notwithsta[nding] all the Spoliations—And the season as it respects agriculture, tho rather more wet than usual, is very promising.

    I am, with the most perfect Respect, Dear Sir, your very humble Servt.

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