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Your kind favors of October 28. & November 11. of the past year, have been some weeks in my possession. I am not, nor can I conveniently be, so good a correspondent as my brother, whose frequent and copious communications exhaust most of the subjects upon which I should feel disposed to write you myself, I think it is my duty nevertheless not to suffer any considerable period to pass, without...
I have already acknowledged the receipt of your kind favors of Sept r: 25 th: & Nov r: 8 th: which were the last I have from you, and that notorious thief of time, procrastination, has devoured a long interval since I made the promise to write you in a few days. I delight in receiving letters from you, but I have an almost inconquerable aversion to writing in my turn, nor can I account for a...
I arrived here last night after a pleasant journey from Antwerp, where I lodged on Monday. Upon enquiry here I found no Diligence going to day, so that it has given me an opportunity of seeing a great part of the City, which I find surpasses much in point of situation the idea I had of it. The quarter of the park is delightful, and the prospect from the Ramparts is such as brings to mind some...
I wrote you from Brussels on the 19 th: inst t: and acquainted you with the progress of my journey to that place. I left it on the 20 th: with the Diligence, and reached Valenciennes in safety at an early hour of the evening. There I was deserted by my fellow travellers whom I met on the banks of the Mease, but in the course of the day I had become tolerably acquainted with my new companions...
I have written you three letters since my arrival here; this is the fourth, which I mention only for the sake of knowing whether you received them in order. It is very well known that I am here and some people might think it worth while to discover what I write to others I have hitherto only one letter from you, and had not expected to have another until the last post, supposing you to have...
The journey which I made to Paris, towards the last of April was performed so hastily, that it was out of my power to give you any satisfactory account of it from thence, and since my return, preparation for departure from Holland has engrossed most of my leisure hours, so that I have only found time to give an imperfect sketch to my Father of the most material occurrences of that tour. The...
I have at length made up my mind to accompany my brother and his lady to Berlin. In justification of this resolution I shall only observe, that it was formed after full and mature consideration, in which both sides of the question, to go or not to go, were deliberately examined, but I may also add, that compliance with the earnest desires of my brother, had a greater share in producing this...
M r: Fitch Hall being about to embark for New York I have entrusted to his care a trifling present, which I beg you to accept from me. I intended to have sent you a profile of myself by M rs: Johnson, but was prevented by the suddenness of her departure, which took place a week sooner than it had been previously fixed. The whole family left this place yesterday morning with the intention of...
Since I came to this Country, two of your kind letters have reached me; one dated in June & the other in July; the latter came by Gen l: Marshall, but by some accident was not forwarded at the same time with your letter to my brother of the same date. It has only this day come to hand. Contrary to your expectation, as well as my own, your letters find me still in Europe, and about to embark in...
Your kind favor of November 7 th: written at East Chester came to hand on the 24 th: ult o: and I have now to acknowledge the receipt, on this day, of your more recent communication, dated the 3 d: ult o: at Philadelphia. I have written to you but once since our arrival here, but my brother has been so frequent & copious in his letters both to you and my father, that I derive a sort of excuse...
Since my residence at this place I have received your kind letter of October 25 th: written at East Chester, a few weeks previous to your return to the seat of Government, from your nothern excursion. I have been highly delighted by the accounts which reached us from various quarters of the cordial & dignified reception given by the people to their chief magistrate, both in his going from &...
I thank you for your favor of the 19th: instt: and for the information as to the orders you have given respecting my books, of which I desired you to take charge. The said books are however, as I am lately informed, now in the hands of Mr: Bourne at Amsterdam, who will transmit them to you by the first opportunity. The period for converting foreign loans into domestic debt of the United States...
Your favor of the 25th: currt is at hand and agreeable to your suggestion, I enclose letters for America to go by the first vessels—I shall always distinguish duplicates of dispatches by the figure 2 . at the left corner, as on the enclosed—by which you will be able to distinguish them from originals and prevent their getting on board the same vessel. We have seen the correspondence, documents...
In one of your last letters to my brother you ask for my dispositions of a certain box addressed to me, supposed to contain sigars for smoaking—In the first place, then I beg of you to use & dispose of them as of your own property, if you are yourself addicted to smoaking and, if not, secondly to keep them in your possession until I call for them which, if my calculations do not fail, will be...
Your favor of the 6th: currt. is at hand. It is true, that I mistook the statement in your preceding, respecting the exchange, but now comprehend it better. I agree with you also in opinion as to the propriety of drawing now rather than at a future day. Money in Holland will probably find less opportunity of improvement than hitherto. As it respects myself however, security is all I want for...
Your’s of the 16th: with an enclosure for my brother came to hand last night. We hear also from New York that the Livingston faction is numerous, powerful & perhaps the prevailing one in the late elections, both for the State & Congress. How is this? It is idle to talk of patriotism & federalism with such facts as these before us—It is even doubted whether Mr: Jay is re-elected. Seven...
I have already acknowledged your favors of March 18. April 4. since when, at different intervals I have received your kind letters of May 1. & 7.— My brother has one from you of June 12. in which the receipt of my letter of March 4th. to my father is mentioned, and in a manner calculated to call forth all my gratitude, if not to excite some little emotion of self-applause. I have given way to...
Upon my return from a short excursion to Pottsdam, where we passed three very pleasant days, I received your obliging letter of the 4th: currt and thank you for the detail respecting the Hamburger’s accommodations. My voyage I rather think now, will be deferred until after the autumnal equinox say commencement of October or last of September, because possibly by that time a person may arrive...
After 44 hours constant journeying we arrived here about 7 o’Clock—on Wednesday morning. My companion Mr. C.—hearing that a party of his acquaintance had set off about an hour before for Fryburg a place 24 english miles distant from this—ordered fresh horses, invited me to join him and upon my pleading fatigue, was off himself alone in order as he observed to cause an agreeable surprise to his...
I have this morning received your letter of the 18th. with the enclosure from Mr. Pitcairn. My letter to Mrs. Adams of the 17th. under cover to you, must have reached you in course—By the last post I sent her some little sketches or drawings of the neighbourhood of this place, but I can now assure her that the originals are incomparably finer than the copies. Since you condescend to ask for...
Your very acceptable favor of the 14th: currt: was received by me 10 days after its date, at Dresden, where I have passed a few days with much satisfaction, in examining the various objects of curiosity to be found in that City and in admiring the richness, fertility & beauty of the neighboring Country. I had formed high expectations of the place before I saw it, and I can safely say that the...
I thank you for your favor of the 4th: and the enclosures therewith for my brother. Although one of these letters was from home of the 14th: July it contains no news but what you will have collected from the Captn. Logan is received & the Embargo nominally raised, but too equivocally yet to be trusted. Wonderful act of justice & generosity! Why, all the ships embargo’d in their ports dont...
Your kind favor of July 19th. was transmitted from Hamburg by our cousin Welsh & came to hand last evening. He had a pleasant passage of 38 days and will come on here as soon as he is a little recruited. We had already received your letter of the 14th. informing of his intended embarkment in a short time, and I have made my arrangements in consequence to be off as soon as the Elizabeth letter...
I wrote you on the 9th: instt: a letter, which I gave to a friend of mine, going to Hamburg the next day. He has probably forgotten to deliver it and as it contained a request for you to take passage for me on board the Elizabeth Letter of Marque, provided you approved her accommodations, I take the liberty to repeat the request from an apprehension that the first has failed. I wish to...
Your favour of the 14th: inst: came to hand last night a little time after my letter to you had gone to the post; its contents however may serve to regulate you as to engaging my passage, but I will add further, that as the season is so far advanced it would be imprudent to defer my passage for the sake of having accommodations quite to my liking—if therefore a clever Captain & good vessel...
I left Berlin the 30th: ulto., and made rather a circuitous journey to this place, where I arrived the 10th: instt: and whence I purpose to embark for the United States in a very few days; most probably on board the same vessel that brought Mr: Welsh & which is bound to Newbury port—There are divers vessels going out to other ports, but except that by which this letter goes, none will probably...
I wrote you soon after my arrival here that I expected to take passage with Captain Jenkins of the Ship America, bound to Newburyport. I had in fact engaged to go with him, but as he said much to me of the uncomfortableness of his vessel and refused any compensation for taking me as a passenger, I thought best to look out for another opportunity, and upon the recommendation of Captn: Jenkins,...
I arrived at this place yesterday afternoon, in the Ship Alexander Hamilton, after a passage of 46 days—The Season of the year will best explain what kind of weather we have experienced. I thank God that I tread once more the land of my Fathers. I shall wait only for my baggage to come on shore and then set out for Philadelphia—where I hope to meet you in health. It gives me pain that I cannot...
In compliance with the desire of my Sister at Berlin I enclose to you a small packet for W Hellen Esqr: which you will be so good as to hand him yourself —I have a small but valuable parcel in my charge for Mrs: Hellen, which I shall send on as soon as a safe opportunity offers. You may inform Mrs: H of this, with my best compts :—if she had not changed her name I would send her my love . I...
I reached my fathers house at 4 o’Clock yesterday afternoon, and had the happiness of finding my him in health. He gave me the cordial welcome of a father who approves of the conduct and behavior of the Son who had been absent. I can write nothing for your information from hence, as I am too much in haste to make the necessary visits to the Cabinet & Congress Gentlemen. I will write you when...