Dear Brother Philadelphia 1st mo 6th 1809
For somem time past, I have intended to write thee, & in particular touching the Essays of John I Wells, of which I recievd 50 & after 25 more pr 1300 S R These I have chiefly distributed amongst People of varied ranks in the Community, not of our Religious Society, as well as amongst friends. what remain I could now either sell or otherwise Distribute immediately, But that I do not seem to be in haste lest after they are gone & before I get more, some persons should turn up, to whom I should be desirous of distribution have none left to do it. In this City from what circulation it has had, it appears to have gained attention & some enquires after it & in every instance within my knowledge, it has gained more or less acceptance. So that now have an application & could sell to one person one or 200 together, & thou will do well the soonest in thy power, to send me 100 at least or 200 if there be on hand so as to admit it. They mgith be carefully put, in strong Paper & if atention was given be forwarded under the care of some passenger in the stage, who would undertake to deliver safely to Hicks & Jenkins & Co or to any other, whom in thy view it would be as well to entrust the care of forwarding them carefully from New York o me, And request that thou attend there to the earliest in thy power, that so the benefit hoped for in the distribution of this essay, be not impeded. Please to inform me the quantity on hand, & whether these has been, or is intended to be Second Edition, to hwich if thought proper to promote, I could here get, did in the underaking, so as to make it elegible & I think it much better, that if a second edition be underttaken, it should be done at Hartford & no where else. I think to send one to our new Governor Simon Snyder, so soon as I can get a respectable person to deliver it to him at Lancaster. to Our Chief Justice & sundry other public Characters in this City. I have occasionally given one & have been encouraged therein from one general information of i being weel spoken of. I sent one to the Governor of Delaware, with whom I am acquainted & sundry others in that Government, and also to many in the Eastern Shore of Maryland & Virginia, chiefly of the Methodists, with whom in trade, I have intercourse.