It afforded me great satisfaction to receive by the first mail from the Southern post office your letter of the 2d of January. The directions communicated to you to carry the post (tho'but once a month) to Virginia will be very beneficial to this colony.
I am very willing and desirous to give every assistance in my power that may afford ease and security to this necessary service. I am obliged to you for your intelligence of the packet boats and mails for the future I hope I shall not have occasion to detain the mails now I am informed nearly of the time I am to expect them. I am to apologize to you for opening the post masters mail. His whole family were out of town and no directions left by him in his absence. Mr Lord will inform Mr Timothy that all the letters were accounted for that I took out. I sealed up the bags again, which Mr Lord coming to town the next day received. I was sorry to hear of your ill health, gentlemen of your robust constitution are not exempted from the tribute exacted by these southern latitudes. Mrs Tryon presents her compliments to you and joins with me in the assurance that we shall be very glad of the pleasure of seeing you at Brunswick, I have not the presumption to invite you here