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I received pr. post yours of the 17th this day, I shall forward your Letter to the Children. I received a Letter from mrs Johnson of the 12th in which she says mr Cranch’s wounds were healing, that the most dangerous was just below the Hair, the other upon the Side of the head. The Skull was laid bare. The Bravadoes struck him twice after he was sensless upon the Ground, and for no other...
I received your letter by Mr. Pintard. Two articles we are much distressed for; the one is bells, but the more important one is wood. Yet you cannot see wood for trees. No arrangement has been made, but by promises never performed, to supply the newcomers with fuel. Of the promises Briesler had received his full share. He had procured nine cords of wood; between six and seven of that was...
James got home safe though covered over with mud and dirt, horses and carriage up to their very ears. He got home about 4 oclock on friday. You were led into a sad mistake by Mr Bayard respecting the roads. I traveled them once in a similar state, and therefore have a greater dread of them. I told some members of Congress, that as they were not very usefully employed at present, in order to...
I have been so much engaged that I have not been able to get time to write you a line this week. I have paid some visits to the Secretarie’s ladies, and took tea with them, and one to Mrs. Senator Read, all of which you know by experience takes up time. we had on Thursday 14 couple of young ladies and gentlemen to dine, Bingham, Hares, Whites, Wilsons, Peter’s, Rush’s, Pinckney’s, Breck’s,...
This will be delivered to you, by our friend, Mrs. Smith, who will pass you, on her way to New-York; she is determined to call, and ask you how you are. Since I wrote you last, some changes have taken place. The Secretary of War has resigned, and General Marshal, is nominated in his place. I fear, however, that he will not be prevailed upon to accept the appointment; such times are approaching...
Mr Smith called upon me a few moments this forenoon & brought me your letter of May 9th. I received the favour in due order. General Marshall is nominated Secretary of State, Mr Dexter Secretary of War in lieu of General Marshall promoted, further I say not, sensations of various Kinds will undoubtedly be felt and many reflections no doubt be cast, yet so it is. You Know the resolution has not...
I write you a line this morning to say that dispatches have arrived from our envoys up to April as I understand. I have not seen them. They are just decypherd and will be communicated. No reception of them by the directory. Some conferences with Tallyrand, the Subject as I learn, money. money still—why will our envoys listen to such tales? they will delay & delay, untill the concequences will...
I congratulate you upon your safe arrival in Philadelphia the pleasure is enhanced by being unexpected; you would have gratified me by taking a family dinner with me to day: but as you plead fatigue I will request that pleasure tomorrow—Let me know how you are this morning— Yours affectionatly MHi : Smith-Carter Family Papers.
In return for your polite attention I send you two old News papers, in one of which you will find a Letter of July the 3d which you will notice— I see no papers. If you have any worth sending, it will be charity to forward them / to your Aunt I shall write you more an other time. DLC : Shaw Family Papers.
I return a subscription paper, which was inclosed to me by your Late much esteemed, and highly respected Father, whose death, no one more Sincerely mourns than I do, as a loss to Learning, to Religion, and to his Country, to all of which he was both an honour and an ornament. With his near and more particuliar connections, I tenderly sympathize, and pray that they may receive comfort, from the...