I am favoured with your Letter of the 17th at this place, and am much obliged to you for the information it contains; it is much to be lamented that those outrages cannot be more effectually restrained, and the offenders brought to punishment. It is an object highly worthy the Attention of the Legislature and it is to be hoped that at their next meeting they will pass some Law for that purpose in order to insure greater security to the peaceable inhabitants of the Frontiers whose Interest I have very much at heart. I have no authentic Intelligence from New York later than the last of March, the new Congress had not then formed for want of a sufficient number of Members to proceed on business. I have since understood from private correspondence that Congress met some time in the beginning of this month and were proceeding to business; that Genl. Washington was unanimously elected President, & Mr. John Adams Vice President of the United States.
You will be pleased to present my best respects to your brother and Cousin, Col. McDowall, and believe me with great respect, &c.,