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Letter from John Penn to John Williams
Penn, John, 1740 or 1-1788
April 1779
Volume 15, Pages 453-454


Dear Sir:

I am sorry to remind you of your promise, this is the 4th Letter I have written tho' I have not received a single line in return however I cannot help thinking but that some of your letters may have miscarried by the way as I take it for granted that you would at least write me, as often as my Children do.

The President left me ten days ago, he is a very Sensible Clever Man, so pleasing to every person that I seem reserved tho I am not. The pleasure that I received in his Company more than made amends for the expense or crowd that attended his being with me, his Lady is with him. We have much to do, business increases tho' we meet at 10 o'clock and sit till 4 frequently, every man is a Speaker and much time is spent in debates, we know the necessity and still are busily engaged in matters of great Importance. I shall stay as long as I can, possibly till those matters are ended before I move as I wish to be present upon that occasion. I suspect the enemy will indeavr. to

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keep possession of New York & Rhode Island & plague us with Detachments sent to a distance. If we do but act with any degree of spirit this Campaign I am persuaded will be the last. The French Minister is in a low state of health. I fear he will be obliged to cross the water again in order to his recovery, remember me to all that ask after.

Dear Sir, your obt. Servt.,
To Colo. Jno. Williams.

This letter is from J. Penn without date or postmark. I suppose it to have been written from Philadelphia during his term of Service in the Continental Congress.