Mrs Washington, presents her compliments to Mrs Adams, - if it is agreable to her, to Let Miss Smith1 come to dance with Nelly & Washington, the Master attends Mondays Wednesdays and Frydays at five oclock in the evenings.
Mrs Washington will be very happy to see Miss Smith
Tuesday morning January 25 (1791)2
Dear Madam 1 Philadelphia January the 29th 1791
I must trust to your goodness to receive the apology I shall offer for this late acknowledgement of your letter of the 26th of October, - I received it but a few days before I left Mount Vernon, and you will redily conceive that my time and my mind were so fully occupied with and about my friends there as to afford me little oppertunity for writing, and since my arrived in this place the business of settling in a new habitation receiving and returning visits have left me no time for myself while in health; 2 and for some weeks past a very severe cold has rendered me incapable of doing anything - I am thank god now recovering.
Having offered the reasons for this delay in answering your letter permit me madam to congratulate you upon your safe arrival in your native country and to the arms of your friends, none but those who have been as long absent as you have, and at so great a distance from their friends can conceive of the sensations which are experienced upon meeting them again; I dare say your feelings on that occasion were not to be described - and that you returned from Europe with all your prejudices in favor of America I have no doubt; for I think our country affords every thing that can give pleasure or satisfaction to a rational mind, I never apprehended that your good sence would be so far overcome by the splendour and hurry which you might see abroad as to make a return to your native Country unpleasant -