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I received Your Favour of Octob r. 17. last, and have agreably to your Request consulted Deac n Pierce, respecting an Addition to your Dwelling House, He is of opinion that if an Addition be made in Front, (which He supposes to be practicable) it will be necessary to take the east Chimney down; the Floors below & in the Chambers must be taken up as well as some other Parts of the Rooms— upon...
The wise & steady Administration of our national Government, for Twelve Years past, has not only render’d us respectable in the Eyes of Nations abroad, but has been productive of incalculable Advantages at Home— If in any Instance foreign Nations have violated our Rights, they have had Conviction, that when Justice has requir’d it, We have had not only the Means, but Resolution to resent the...
Yours of the 21st. Ulto. and the 6th. Inst. came to hand Yesterday with $200 enclos’d, this Day have given orders to Mr Bates to proceed, with all Dispatch—he says You left undecided the Dimensions of the lower Room of the proposed Addition—27 by 20 was mentiond, but whether of that or less Dimensions he is uncertain—The Height also of the Room is wanted—How much is to be dropd from the Level...
I hope before this Time M rs. Adams has arriv’d at Philadelphia and recovered from the Fatigues of her Journey; of her Health & yours I am solicitous to hear— Since M rs. Adams’s Departure I have been busily employed in adjusting your Farming Concerns, M r. Porter, who has the Care of your Homestead, appears to me from what little Experience I have had of Him, to be well disposed, diligent &...
I received Yours of Octob r. 14 h. and have attended to the several Matters mentiond therein. The Wall at the Foot of Pens Hill is nearly compleated, one or two Days Work will finish it as far as you directed the Workmen to proceed— there will then be Stones sufficient to rebuild the Wall between you & Hardwick and a large Number besides for any other Purpose it therefore appears to me, that...
Your last of Jany 9th. I receiv’d with the enclosure, since that very little has been heard off but Processions, Funeral Elogies, Orations & Discourses on the Death of Genl. Washington. Indeed it has been carried to an Excess, in some Instances too much bordering on Idolatry and been attended with an enormous Expence of Time—Had one Day every where been devoted to a public Expression of Grief...
The Several Matters mention’d in your last, have been attended to, so far as Circumstances would permit. The Rocks in the mowing Land, have been like to a powerful Enemy hard to conquer, it has required much of your Resolution to remove them from their Strong Holds. To forward Business they were drilld in the Winter, as soon as the Ground became open, they were blown. One Blast made way for a...
Since my last to you, Porter has finishd ploughing the Meadow on the back of your House, the lucky Moment was embraced for the purpose, no Time before or since would have answer’d. the Land by Bass is also broke up— The Manure in the Dung yard has been ploughd several Times and a considerable part of it carried upon the Clover Field on the Hill and on the Land designd for Barley, the latter...
In my last I informd you of having contracted with the Two Shipleys. I had kept them sometime in Suspence, they grew uneasy and wishd to be determind. Business of every kind was pressing fast upon us, to depend upon transient Help would be precarious and to delay engaging a fortnight or Three Weeks in expectation of getting cheaper Help, appeared to me would ultimately be a Loss. At this Time...
Mr. Edmund Soper, on whose Accounts I wrote to you sometime since, is now going to Philadelphia to solicit an office in the Land or Sea Service, what office I know not; but having no one there to introduce him, He has urged me to write by him, that he might have an Opportunity with the greater Propriety to make his Application—Compassion to him has induced him me to comply with his Request. He...
We began to suffer much for want of Rain, having had hot and dry Weather, with but very little Rain from the beginning of this Month to the. 25th. when we were relieved by a plentiful Rain. It has also been rainy through this Day and We have now a fine Prospect of a plentiful Produce— You would wish to know what Progress is made in the Building. I can only tell you that I have spared no Pains...
I have enclosed a Letter to M r. Webster in Answer to his which you forwarded to me, I have left it open, when you have read it, please to seal & forward it. If I have faild in any of the striking Features of the Epidemic of 1761, as you was with Your Father who died with that Distemper, your Memory will perhaps enable you to supply the Defects. M r. Cranch has several Cows, which He wishes...
I have the Pleasure of hearing of your Arrival at East Chester and in Health. Since You left Quincy, We have scarcely had a Storm, except that which occur’d on your Journey. The Weather has proved favourable for Farming Business and for finishing the Cellar, which will probably be compleated this Week as far as was intended, th’o not in all its Parts as was directed by Brizler, the Part next...
The sudden & unexpected Death of the illustrious Washington has excited universal Mourning, Weeping & Lamentation. On this solemn Occasion Mr Norton Yesterday in the afternoon gave us a very pertinent Discourse from 2d. Samuel 3d C. 38. V. “And the King said unto his Servants, Know ye not, that there is a Prince and a great Man fallen in Israel”? This Loss is considered as irreparable. To find...
Shipley who was on the Farm last Year, came the 24th. Ulto. and brought an elder Brother with Him with a view of entering into Your Service if wanted—I immediately put them on Business, and finding by Mrs. Porter, that the elder Shipley for Wall making, and the Business of the Farm, is equal to the other, have engagd them both, the Younger for the Year, the other for the Season. They both...
I wrote to you about the 20th. Inst. which probably you have receiv’d by this Time—I rejoice to hear that Mr. Marshall has arrived and hope for the Arrival of the other Envoys soon—Their long & patient stay at Paris under a State of Humiliation, was considerd by many as too degrading, it may however have answered some good Purposes and eased the Minds of some who perhaps would have thought,...
Since the last Letter I recd from you dated April 12th poor Sukey compleated the Journey of Life and is gone to the World of Spirits through the whole of her Sickness, few have exhibited a greater Degree of Firmness, Patience & Submission to the divine Will, She has left us the consoling Hope of her enjoying a blessed Immortality—Mrs. Tufts by her long Attendance upon her seems to be much...
I wrote to the President the 13th. Inst. by Mr. Edmd. Soper who was going to Philadelphia to seek some office in the Land or Sea Service. As there must be a large opening for officers of one Description or another I thought He might be competent to some one or another, tho’ I do not think him prudent enough to be trusted with one that would require much Responsibility respecting Money Matters—...
Yours of the 28th. Ulto. I received the 10th. Instt. with the inclosure & shall take the first Opportunity to fulfill your Request. From your Letter it seems to me, that your Journey in part must have been very untoward, and troublesome; but your safe Arrival and without your Health having been injured, must have afforded much Pleasure to the President as well as it has done to your Friends...
Majr. Penniman sometime since mention’d to me, that upon further Consideration, He would take £30. for his Salt Marsh & Island, that he had been offerd £27. and refused it. For the sake of Cash in hand I rather suppose He would take £27. If You are disposed to purchase it, You will be pleased to let me know, and the highest Sum you would give for it. We have had no heavy Storms since you left...
In my last I enclosed a rough Plan of the proposed Addition to the Wood House, that Plan will exhibit to You an Idea of the lower Room; since then I have found, that it will not be much more expensive, to take the Roof off from the Wood house & Library and erect a new one over them, than to proceed in the Way that was projected. I have accordingly orderd it to be framd in this Way; upon this...
It is now past Ten o Clock Am. and a violent Snow Storm which began about 7 o Clock this Morning still continues, the Thermometer stands at. 32. and has not been much lower in any Snow Storm We have had in the Winter past— Our Winter has been severe, the Month of March cold & stormy, April hitherto has been a continuation of the Scene, but Two or Three Days of fair Weather thro the Day, since...
As you are now in a Sphere of Life that requires the Enjoyment of Health, the Exercise of Wisdom, Patience and every other Virtue, I wish you the Possession of these equal to its Exigences and that as is the Day so may be your Strength. I feel anxious for my Friends, but peculiarly so for the State of my Country, at the same Time can chearfully leave it to the Care of Providence and those on...
From the 6th. of May to the 23d. We had hot dry Weather with scarce any Rain, Our Pastures & mowing Lands began to suffer, Barley & other Grain which before looked promising began to wither, from the 23d. of May to the 9th. Instant tho Rains were great, not more than Two or Three fair Days—At present Your Grass Lands wear a fine Appearance, Pastures also, Your Barns will be too small for your...
Your several Letters of the 15, 18 & 22d. have relieved my Mind and led me more fully to comprehend the Business before me. I mentiond to you Mr. Porters Terms. I presume you will think it best to comply with them, being confident that you will not meet with more faithful & trusty Persons than He & his Wife—He wants a greater Degree of Self Sufficiency to command at all Times with...
Your Favours of May the 28h. & June the 6th. came safe to Hand in the Latter 200 Dr. and a Minute of the Sums transmitted to me, which I find to agree with the Credits I have given, it gives me Satisfaction, that in all the Transactions of Business for Quincy’s Estate as well as the Management of Yours I do not recollect an Instance wherein I have faild of giving Credit for Monies received tho...
Your Favour of the 22d. Ulto. I received the 1st. Inst. After a long & severe Winter, a cold & stormy March, and April much the same, a few Days excepted. We have at length fine Weather, and an Opportunity of getting our Seed in the Ground. The Weather has been exceeding hot and dry for Four Days Viz from the 28. of April to the 2d. Inst. April 28. Thermomtr. 68. 29. Th. 70. 30. Th. 75. May 1....
I wrote to You the 14th. Inst. acknowledging the Receipt of Yours of Feby. 21. & the 6th. of this month. I have conferred with Mr. Porter and his Wife relative to their Continuance on the Farm for 7 Months—I cannot bring mr. Porter to a less Sum than 175 Dollrs for that Term, which is 25 Dollars more than you mentiond, altho it appears to me that it would upon the whole be better to give that...
Yours of the 8 th. I received the 17 th. Ins t. and broke the Affair to M r. Cranch, who has it under Consideration and expect he will give me an Answer this Week— A Day or two previous to the Receipt of yours, Solomon Thayer of Braintree came to my House and offered me a piece of Pasture Land adjoyning to a detached Piece of the Farm which You bought of Elkanah Thayer, the same Piece he had...
In Consequence of its being a rainy Day and confind at Home I have an Opportunity of acknowledging the Receipt of Yours of the 29th. Ulto. & the 8th. Inst. About the 8th. or 10th. Instant I wrote to the President and to You also— I have now compleated the Business assigned me respecting the new Building, and such Repairs to the Dwelling House as appeared to be necessary have also been made and...