Norfolk, Decbr 18th 28.
I received yesterday,
yours of the 10th lett. [...], where in the devil it has been.
Cruizing so long I'm at a loss to conjecture.
I will write to Mr. Gedney to tomorrow on the subject of the
Cronometer by Capt. [...] who proceeds to N. York immediately
on his way to relieve [...] in the (months) : who is in ill health.
I expect Gedney & my son Charly home in the Spring - Barron
has disappointed all his friends in declining the offer made
him by the Deptmt. to the Command of the Pacific Squadron, he
could have made his fortune on the (Cruise) . I question whether
he will ever have an other offer. He intends putting in a claim
for the Delaware & the Command of the Squadron in the [...],
& if he is refused by the next sectry. that he will ask leave
of absence. Adieu we are all well but getting [...] too fast
- present me respectfully to Mrs. E. & believe me very truly
E. P. Kennedy