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[Addressed on outside fold of letter:]

Mrs Maria McLean
Franklins Mead
Pearl St.
New York

London 2 December 1796

My Dear Mary,
We arrived at Portsmouth after a Pleasant Passage of 28 days, the Company Agreeable with but one exception, and he was too insignificant to give any uneasiness. I found my Darling Boys in excellent health and very much improved in there [sic.] manners - my sister was not returned from Scotland, but expect her this week. The rest of the family were here to receive me and very happy they seemed. I have not yet received my Cloaths, for the Ship has not yet got up. I have wrote Margaret a little of fashions but the truth is, I cannot at present say much as I have not yet been out, except to purchase a bonnet which is not yet come home the front is exactly like a postilions Jockey Cap, all made of black velvet, or plush, trimmed with purple, Rose, or Coquelicot, the last about two inches longer than they were, and round Dresses [?] altogether - when I left America I supposed it probable that we should return in a year, but at present do not think that will be the case, as we are about purchaseing [sic.] the lease of a House at Highbury Terrace - they have just been in to tell me I must close my letter immediately. God bless you my Dear Sister, give my love to your excellent Husband from his and your Affectionate Sister.
Cornelia Galbreath

my David desires me to say everything that is affectionate for him, to you both. I will write by next opportunity. Mr Elmes is much better and likes England better than America.

Original letter in possession of Andrew Trotter.


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