26 Aprl. 1804.

Tho few, are the days, passed since you left me my dearest Anna they have been spent in anxious impatience to hear from you -- your letter from Baltimore releaved my mind & the one from Phila. (this hour receav'd) gives me the greatest pleasure. To trace you & your dear Husband in that regretted City, where we have spent our early years & to find that even there, you can recollect with affection the solatary being you have left behind, reflects a ray of brightness on my sombre prospect. I will now give you a little sketch of times here. I shut myself up from the Morg you entered the stage & wrote Mama P. & Lucy until Saturday 3 oClock when we went in the rain to dine with Marshall Brent on Sunday Morng. Nelly went to Alexandria to return in a week -- all our acquaintance call'd in to see me on the different mornings. Those few I saw seemed all to sympathise with me in your loss, but unamiously thought you verry happy in haveing so amiable a conducter thro life, in which I most heartily joined them. I drank Tea with Tingys & Mrs Forrest which is the amot. of my visits made. A letter from the President anounced the death of poor Maria & the consequent Misery it has occation'd them all. This is among the many proofs my dr. Sister of the uncertainty of life! A girl so young, so lovely--all the efforts of her Father docters & friends availed nothing. I have a long letter from Mama, but it being in part to John I forbear to inclose it -- she recieav'd our last, but not the one before it which was so full -- she wishes a few lines from Mr Cutts. You <torn> <wri>te her -- she cant move a <torn> no way to come to me this summer <I will> make every effort to send for her, being determin'd she shall meet you here in the Fall. John has given out all thought of going abroad I belieave, as he seems already reinstated with his old friends. I presented your love to our neighbours who beg me to give you both a great deal from them. I will see the others soon to whom I will say what you wish. I have locked up your little Trunk in the Store room.

I am delighted with the kind attention you meet from our old accquaintance & have no doubt but that you will meet a gratful welcome in all the other places you ar[e] destind to visit. Remember me to McKeans & to Sally say a great deal for I feel a tenderness for her & her Husband independent of curcumstances. I am glad you would not accept the Chamber tho' I could not suppose you would. Poor Sophie! my love to her. I am charmed with the <torn> for which you must <torn> & I thank you sincearly for the things you mention. My dr. Anna if you will get me a light shaul a douzn yds. of fashionable handsome broad ribbon a pr or 2 of gloves to inclose to M & any thing else which you know I want I will immediately inclose you a bill on Moiland or Lewis who both owe M mony for the amot. of what you may think proper to buy me. I trust you will find Riggs or some other oppertunity for the bonit &c. Write me all about your visits to Dallass and the company--what they say or do--Bonopartee & so forth. Mrs. Pichon is sicck & will certainly leave this country--or rather there is a new minister coming. Madison says he will write to Mr. Cutts. He read your letter & said the offer you both make to oblidge him justifies his good oppinion of your kindness & affection -- he bids me say he loves you dearly. Adeiu. No one shall lay Eyes on your letters.