Letter to George Chase
When you read in the enclosed paper the description of the variegated marble found in immense quantities in Virginia and Maryland you will [?] [?] the reason of my sen[d]ing you this packet. Knowing your taste for compositions of this kind and your love for specimens I readily concluded that [?] might furnish you a moment of diversion from the labors that engage your attention [at] your father’s great table. And now while my hand is in, I will post mention, that my friend Gen[era]l Watson of New Jersey, [to] whom I have had the temerity to introduce you thro[ugh] the [modicum] of some of your letters, has been pleased to express his high appreciation of the [genius] taste and [spirit] there is displayed, and to request his [compliments] and expressing a wish for a personal acquaintance at some future day.
Yours, most cordially,
Jan[uar]y 24th 12 o’clock at night
Dudley sends a packet enclosed in his letter about Virginia and Maryland's immense quantity of variegated marble. He continues to share that he has made mention of George's tastes to a friend, named General Watson, who wishes to formally meet him.