[dateline] Uncle Quincys half after 11. O Clock Feby. 13. 17781
[salute] Dearest of Friends
I had not been 20 Minutes in this House before I had the Happiness to see Captn. Tucker, and a Midshipman, coming for me.2
We shall be soon on Board, and may God prosper our Voyage, in every Stage of it, as much as at the Beginning, and send to you, my dear Children and all my Friends, the choisest of Blessings—so Wishes and prays yours, with an Ardour, that neither Absence, nor any other Event can abate,
Johnny sends his Duty to his Mamma and his Love to his sister and Brothers. He behaves like a Man.