I have been very sick since I wrote you last & have begun again to recover my health & my recollection of the promise I made you about the ginning machine. The Courts have been continually sitting for these five weeks and have been moving from one house into another which has discomposed all my papers; so that I find Letters to be answered were enrolled with Letters answered. I hope you will think I have made excuses enough & that each of them would have served my turn. However, you may depend on hearing fully from me pr. next post at farthest, tho’ I am told by his son that Capt. Dewitt is expected down every day. If so, rest assured that you shall have quantum sufficit by him. Remember me to my worthy Friend of the Hill & tell him I hope he has made progress both in the Sweets & the bitters I sent him. Let me know if I shall come charged myself with another Quarto next November.