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a Contrast, which they may lament, but cannot now remedy. to a total and final relinquishment of publick Life, we retire to the rural Scenes of Quincy; not to become querilious with the world, not to molest or disturb the administration of the new Government, if it adopts not measures ruinous to the Country, but hopeing for better prospects than present themselves now to our view—that we may...
I wrote you in my last how much I was dissapointed in not being able to visit you my dear Sister, but if I had not been obliged to have prepared for my Journey the Situation of our dear Sister and family, as well as of my own would have prevented me, tho a kind providence has preserved the Life of our Sister hitherto, and restored mrs Norten to our prayers, So far as to give us hopes of her...
I received your kind Letter by mr Peabody and thank you most Sincerely for it. I did not know that you had been so very Sick untill I Saw a Letter from you to mrs Foster. you my Dear Sister certainly take too great a charge upon you; I know that you delight in doing good, and communicating, that as our good Father used to Say, he had rather be worn out, than Rot out; but your constitution is...
I cannot but lament that the cares and avocations of your Family should so fully occupy your Time, as to deprive your Friends of the pleasure of Your Epistolarly communications,— A very excellent Letter to your Son, did but add to my Regreets, that talents so usefull should be encumbered by the daily Cares; and obstructed by the numerous calls of your Family. That the fire of imagination...
I sent by the Stage to Haverhill some cloaths for the Children, a suit of their Grandfathers which may serve to cut up for them. I also sent a spotted cloth for to make them overalls for daily wear, and some spotted thickset for Sundays. these I hope will last them. I must depend upon you to get them made. I also sent what shirts were done at that time. I now send by mr Smith the remainder...
Yesterday the President Sit of for Trentown and on Wednesday the 9th of this Month I go; I could have wisht to have seen you here first but knowing the vacancy will not commence untill after I Sit out, I despair of it. William regreeted that he was obliged to go without Seeing you, but a Sudden call of the President to Trentown to consult with Ministers, &C obliged him to leave home early than...
I had the pleasure of seeing mr Peabody here, yesterday mor’g he got here the night before, but it was late, and I was gone to Bed, tho’ I had exceeded my usual Hour before the President arrived. he brought William with him. I think I do not feel my last Summers Sickness in any way, so sensible, as by being languid, and wanting my rest at a particular Hour. If I vary much, I lose my Sleep— I...
I am much mortified and dissapointed that I cannot have the pleasure which I anticipated of visiting you with the Children on their Return to Atkinson, I was threatned last week with a return of the complaint under which I labourd last Summer; but I was in hopes it would go of, and that a Ride would Serve me but I have not found it So. my things were all put up yesterday to sit out, but I am...
I received your kind Letter of March 17th after I had written the inclosed. I know that I have been long indebted to you for a Letter, but I have felt ever since I was Sick, as tho I could not write, only when necessitated to. Man is born to trouble as the sparks flie upwards, we daily experience this truth; both your public and domestic occurrencies; and every one knows their own bitterness...
This Letter will be deliverd to you by your son whom you will find improved in his Health, greatly I think—the weather has been so very bad and the Roads almost impassiable since his return, so that it has not been practicable to make you an earlier visit. I have been very anxious for your dear little Girl, whom I have frequently heard an unfavourable account of, but miss Palmers last Letter...
I have not written to you for a long time. it was my intention to have written by miss Palmer, but she went away a week earlier than she proposed when I saw her. She could however tell you that I was in better Health than when you left me. I have recoverd my Rest, and with it my Strength and Spirits have returnd in a great measure. I sent Richard Dexter to Philadelphia tho I have not yet had...
I received your Letter of June 21. on the 29th. The extreem heat of the last week so totally unfitted me for every exertion that I could neither Eat, Sleep Read write or do any thing but labour to Breathe. I took the earliest opportunity to consult Dr Rush upon my dear Neices case, What is past, cannot be remidied, His opinion, as to her case is that Bleading would have been the first...
I received last week your very excellent Letter. Whatever you write is always precious to me. Know No one better knows how to touch every feeling of the humane Heart. I can allow for your long Silence, tho I wish it were not imposed upon you, by your numerous cares, and unavoidable avocations. the anxiety which you feel for the Health of a Beloved child, whom I pray God to restore to Health,...
I received your very excellent Letter they are all of which are very previous to me. I know your avocations & your necessary anxiety on account of the deranged Health of my dear Neice, Whom I pray God to restore. I know your feeling are sufficiently alive. I will not add to them by any observations of mine . my Heart sympathizes with you, let that suffice, we will look to the Ruler of the...
Judge Blodget is here again, and offers to take Letters to you. he says he call’d and that you was not at home, nor my dear Cousin Betsy for whose Health I feel not a little anxious. how is she? has She a fever? has she a cough? Would not a journey serve her? has she been bled? I hear from you but Seldom. you would write oftner if you was a little more careless. I mean if you did not attend So...