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I had not intended to have written You to day, having this morning closed a Letter to your Brother, and told him all I had then to communicate, but the post of this day brought me some Letters from my dear Louisa’s mamma, and it is with great pleasure I inclose them to you, and wish them a safe arrival I know how good and how sweet it is to hear from our far distant Friends; Scarcly a week...
I am loth a vessel should sail without a few lines from me, and the Secretary of State is very good to inform me of every opportunity, and tho I have not received any Letter since I wrote you last, which was on the 4th or 5th of this month, I will acknowledge one for your Father, dated 17 Febry. the duplicate of which the original is not yet come, No 53. A Letter for your Brother accompanied...
As the vessel by which I have already written to you, did not sail yesterday, I can now inform you that the Bill for the protection of our commerce past yesterday in the House of Rep’s 50 to 40. It impowers our vessels of war to capture, and bring in all French cruizers and privateers which shall be found hovering upon our coast. It will pass into a Law tomorrow. We are still in the dark why...
Inclosed is the Act which I mentiond in my Letter of the 26. It yesterday received the presidents Signature & tho not all it ought to be , it is a Step towards it, and if our Envoys were but out of the French dominions, much more decisive measures would be persued. It really seem’s to us, as if they were infatuated. Many of our vessels which came out under convoy have safely arrived. The St...
The June packet is to sail tomorrow, As I know you must be anxious for constant intelligence at this critical & important period I will not let her sail without writing to you, tho it is a hazard whether she will go safe, for our very coasts are infested with French privateers, who insult us in our own Waters. Every exertion is making to get our Frigates to Sea. We have some 20 Gun vessels...
The Aniversary of the Birth day of my dear son god Bless it to him. and grant him many succeeding happy years. I am loth a vessel which I have just heard is going to Hamburgh should sail without a Line from me. I began writing to you a few days since in order to send by Thomas Welch who is comeing out to you from Boston to succeed your Brother whom we wish to see at Home as soon as possible...
I wrote you in a Letter not long since: that as mr Malcom had declined going abroad, I had thought of Thomas Welch. Thomas has past through College with reputation, and tho as you justly observe, you cannot expect to have your Brothers place supplied to you, you will find in Thomas Welch, personal attachment fidelity and honour. honesty of Heart must compensate to you for whatever is deficient...
Once more my dear Son it is permitted me to address you by Letter, thanks to the great Giver of every blessing. I wrote to you previous to my leaving Philadelphia by Thomas Welch the 20 of July. Since which I have not been able to write a single Letter. I left Philadelphia on the 25th of July; on the 8th of August, I reachd my own Habitation at Quincy; went into my Chamber, and for eleven...
Last Evening I received your Letter of Sepbr—4th No 42—Accept my thanks. it grieved me to think how anxious you must feel before an other Letter from my hand would reach you. I was rejoiced to Learn that Thomas Welch was safely arrived at Hamburgh. I hope you will find in him a true American, but as you observe your Brothers place cannot be supplied to you. I am anxious least he should make a...
It is with pleasure insepressible, I inform you of the safe arrival of your Brother Thomas at N york after a passage of 46 days. My Mind was relieved from a load of anxiety by this agreable intelligence from his own Hand, the danger from comeing upon our Coast in the Winter Season, and the severe and frequent Snow Storms we have experienced this winter kept me in a constant allarm for his...