I arrived here in perfect safety, and sober about half past four last evening--nothing occurring on the road of any consequence. I shaved and breakfasted in Baltimore and lunched on The Susquehannah [sic], and by the time I got to Phila felt quite decent. Mrs Clemm was expecting me at the car-office. I went immediately home, took a warm bath and supper and then went to Clarke's. I never saw a man in my life more surprised to see another. He thought by Dow's epistle that I must not only be dead but buried and would as soon have thought of seeing his great-great-great grandmother. He received me, therefore[,] very cordially & made light of the matter[.] I told him what had been agreed upon--that I was a little sick & that Dow, knowing I had been, in times passed, given to spreeing upon an extensive scale, had become unduly alarmed etc etc. [sic]--that when I found he had written I thought it best to come home. He said my trip had improved me and that he had never seen me looking so well!!!--and I dont [sic] believe I ever did.
This morning I took medicine, and, as it is a snowy day, will avail myself of the excuse to stay at home--so by to-morrow I shall be really as well as ever.
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