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I received with great pleasure Your kind Letter of December 15. I regreted that I had not the pleasure of a visit from you before you left this part of the Country. old Friends and old wine are always valuable. they both tend to exhilirate the Spirits; and to enliven the declining part of Life: tho I am not particuliarly attachd to the latter, the first Stand foremost in my estimation. Some...
I ought to have thanked you for your kind Letter, which gave me both pleasure and consolation, but I have not been able to write oweing to an inflamation; first in my Eyes; and then upon my Lungs, Which deprived me of my Speach; and this you know, to a person who loves to be sociable, as much as your Friend, was a great privation. this disposition to loquacity with which you know we are...
Next to the Supports of religion; is the sympathy of Friends in affliction, of the first you have abandent sources in the Belief of an all wise goveneur and disposer of events, in whose goodness you can confide, and upon whose word you can repose—as the Husband of the Widow and the Father of the Fatherless, unto that being I commend you, and your dear Children, most sincerely sympathizing with...