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After having so long delayed to answer your very affectionate letter I feel perfectly ashamed of making any excuse as I am consious it is not in my power to make a proper one I must therefore rely upon your known indulgence and in future be more careful—Our jouney from Hamburg was extremely unpleasant the roads were very bad and I was in constant dread of our being overset but fortunately we...
I enclose a Duplicate of a Letter which I have lately received from Mr Adams. I have not heard of an House which would agree with the discription but if I had the Course of Exchange is so much against Holland, that I should not think of doing any thing at present. Mr. Smith has informed me of the Proposal for my Son Thomas to go to Berlin to relieve Mr Thomas B. Adams. As Mr Smith has writen...
As the extract which you marked in yr Son’s letter was too long for one paper I divided it & gave one half to Benjn & the other half to John Russell, the latter part appears in the Commercial Gazette of this day, the former I hope will come out on Saturday. I have read Robisons Conspiracy with astonishment, it contains the seeds of all the mischiefs which we have been tormented with for years...
I have just closed a letter to the Prest. on the subject of my Bror. Greenleaf. I do not know whether I have not said too much, but if I had not been restrained by a sense of Propriety I should have beg’d & pleaded that he might have some appointment or other. I consider him as a man of uncommon abilities and attention to Business, & he has no means of exercising his Talents at present, having...
Your favor of the 9th. Inst. I have recd with the Bill of Loading inclos’d. I am sorry to find that Congress will not adjourn ‘till July. The warm weather must make Philaa. very unpleasant, exclusive of many other disagreables in a City the hot-bed of Jacobinism.—We have an arrival this day from Morlaix as late as the 5 May. The expedition to England it is said will not take effect. The troops...
I have at last heard from Atkinson. I had just sent a long Letter to sister when I receiv’d one from her & another from Cousin Betsy—Sister is full of anxiety about her daughter & well she may be—for by both the letters I think her in a fix’d consumtion. Her cough is better but her Fever runs high she has night Sweats & is so weak she can ride but a few miles in a day. Cousin Betsy says she...
I thank you for your condecending notice both of me and mine; the dear Partner of my life has left this Earth and gone to Heaven. I agree with you that the loss to me can never be repaired. The lenient hand of time has as yet been insufficient to assuage my Grief, or to ease that pungent sorrow (warrented by reason and Scripture) with which I am impressed: and I sorrow most of all that I shall...
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—...
SINCE the date of my last I have received your favour of 8. April, with the pamphlets mentioned in it.—The communications of the American Commissioners have resounded through every part of Europe , and produced a very sensible impression in the public opinion with regard to the characters exposed in them.—An attempt at defence has been made, by a publication in the official newspaper of the...
I did not indulge the expectation that I shoud wholly escape reproach when I had the honor to write you on the 11th of last month—your condescention (not to say partiality) had placed me in a dilemma from which even your own goodness cou’d not entirely extricate me—I resolved however to merit the continuance of your esteem & therefore at once discarded all private considerations & listened to...
I have had the House full of company for a week & have not been able to steal a moments to write to you or to my dear children at Washington.— I have receiv’d yours of the 8th & 13th of June together with one from my Son to you & one for Doctor Tufts which I deliver’d immediately into his hands as he was present when I receiv’d it. He is at your House two or three times a week & always finds...
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...
While on the circuit here, I have received the enclosed letter from my friend Mr: Stedman of Lancaster, brother in law to Mrs: Dana—Finding that the Gentleman mentioned in it, is personally known to the President & yourself, and has been likewise recommended by Judge Cranch, it is altogether needless for me to trouble you further than by laying that letter before you—Indeed I am loth to do...
Your favor of the 19th. Ins. I have received by post. T. Welsh can have his Degree at Cambridge at any time before Commencement, if you think it necessary for him to go before you return I will look out for a passage for him and fix him off.–The Answer to the Address from the Students at Cambridge was recd. & published in one or more of our papers. (It is in the Mercury 5 June.) I think it a...
If, Madam, I still retain a Place in your esteem, (and I am not conscious that I have ever forfeited it) let me Solicit your kind interposition in behalf of an Application made by Mr. Hurd in a letter to the President for the loan Office now vacant by the decease of Mr. Appleton. Shoud Mr. H. be thought properly qualified, by the President, for this Office, he wou’d endeavor to merit it by a...
From the Uncertainty whether my Son’s Departure would be necessary before Commencement he applied for his Degree provided it should be required of him to go before that time & it was granted so that he is ready whenever an Opportunity Offers. There is no Vessell here going to Hamburgh and it is uncertain when there will be one. Since my last Mr Appleton has as I expected paid the last Debt of...
I have now received your letter of 21. April—not however by the way of Bremen but from Hamburg, though I had just received another packet from the State department of the same date, from the Consul at Bremen. With your last came likewise other letters of a date as recent as 7, May. one of them from you to my brother.—For your pamphlets and newspapers likewise I have to renew my thanks. I am...
Nothing but dire necessaty has prevented my writing as often as you could wish. I do not always think it necessary to give you a list of the avocations which forbids my taking my Pen, but you know what it is to have ranting Boys to make & mend for & young men to pull about & leave upon tables chairs &c Books papers & clothes: but I have no one to feel the propriety to keeping a house...
Your barrels & Trunk, for which you inclos’d me a Bill of Loading some days since arriv’d safe Yesterday.—I hope the business of Congress will permit you soon to leave Philaa. before the extreme hot weather comes on.—Our House of Rep. Yesterday pass’d a Resolution Unanimously , to instruct our Sen. & Rep. in Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, excluding...
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,...
Your favor of the 26th. Ulto. I have recd. it is unfortunate that your Letter of Feby. did not arrive sooner. it may be a Lesson for the Young Man, not to be too much elated with present prospects & teach him early to bear disappointments with fortitude. I am much surpriz’d, at the application for the L. O. after a conversation which I had with Mr. & Mrs. ——— I did not expect, he wou’d have...
How did you live thro’ the heat of Monday & Teusday We could but just breethe the glasses stood at a 100 at Boston I thought much of the inhabitants of our city & especially Philadelphia I hope you will not stay much longer in it I see the V President has ask’d leave of absence. is he gone to secure his papers—We are rejoicing to see that a beginning to stop the mouth of Sedition has began at...
Persuaded that your Collection of Sermons wou’d be enriched by the addition of Dr. Osgoods I have the honor to transmit you a Copy—The sterling good sense & manly Spirit of his writings as well as their classical Elegance have long since established his literary fame on a very solid basis.—will you make my respects acceptable to the President of the United States & receive the assurances of my...
I am happy to hear that you have not suffer’d from the extreme heat of the last week. I wish the warm weather may ripen the measures of Congress—What ought to have been compleated some Months since is now but just bro’t forward. after the Rect. of the first dispatches the treaty shou’d immediately have been revok’d—better late than never. if this measure is not adopted it will hang like a...
I acknowledge with Pleasure your Letter of the 7th Inst: thinking it uncertain whether you may not have left Philadelphia before this reaches that City I shall desire The President to open it provided you should have entered on your Journey northward unaccompanied by him I am induced to do this least the Appointments should be made out before I could make known my Wishes to him. They are to...
O how happy should I be, were I to sit down to write you of my dear sisters better health, but alas I cannot. She fails every day & has now grown so weak that she is not able to writte out or even to come below stairs. She still keeps her usual flow of spirits, & she sits “like patience on a monument, smiling” even tho in the arms of death. How miserable should I be, my aunt, in seeing my dear...
On my return home from the eastern Circuit in the night preceeding Commencement, I found myself honored by your favor of the 5th. inst:, acknowledging the receipt of mine of the 23d. ulto:—I beg you to accept my sincere thanks for your attention to its contents, & for the political information you have been pleased to communicate, more especially for the Confidence manifested towards me, by...
Since my last, I have received your favours of 3d, 26th, 27th. 29th: May, and 12th: June. By your very kind and constant attention I find myself as regularly and recently informed of the current Events in our Country, as I could expect or wish—Your pamphlets and papers too, with those which I receive from the department of State are a treasure to me—I have written to the Secretary of State,...
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...
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...