Philadelphia 25th Jan. 1797
Your letter of the 23d instt came to me this morning.
The tooth that formerly went into the hole (that is now filled
up) has been out many months; which was the cause for putting
in the artificial one. If it was not sent with the rest, I know
not what has become of it; nor is it material, as the one which
supplies its place answers the purpose very well.
Not knowing whether you mean to take a new sett, or to repair
the old, I must again caution you against adding any thing that
will widen the bars on the sides, or extend them in front at bottom
They are already too wide, and too projecting for the parts they
rest upon; which causes both upper, & under lip to bulge out,
as if swelledBy filing these parts away (to remedy that
evil) it has been one cause of the teeth giving way, having been
weakened thereby I am Sir Yr very Hble Servt