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On Thursday, I went into Boston, for the first time this month past, and there received at once your two letters of 14th: and 20th: of June. They alleviated in part, and only in part the heavy anxiety which has weighed on my Spirits for the health of the dear child—I hope the fine weather has return’d with you, so that you have been able to give him the benefit of the air and exercise—I cannot...
The Sun is just making his appearance for the first time these five days, during which we have had a cold North-East Storm, and almost continual rains—In the midst of this gloom, which has confined us closely to the house, I received your letter of the 10th: with the account of our dear child’s illness—It has distress’d me much; and though I hope it is only the previous indisposition to the...
Yesterday my mother went to Boston, and in the Evening brought out Mrs: Foster with her two children, one of whom is unwell, and requires the benefit of a little rural ai—But what was of more immediate consequence to myself, was your letter of the 6th: instt: which my mother also brought out, the profiles and all. One of your profiles is much more like than the other; and that of course I keep...
I have now received your favour of the 29th: of last month, enclosing a letter from your Mamma, for Mr: Murdoch, which I shall take care to forward, by the first vessel that will go from Boston to England.— You had been so long without an attack of the spasms, that I had flattered myself they had taken their final leave—I grieve to hear of their return—Perhaps it may only be in consequence of...
This morning I received your kind favour of the 20th. And am delighted to hear that you and the children are so well—Mrs. Hellen’s indisposition, I hope will prove only to be “the pleasing punishment that women bear”—I wish we could have here a little of that superfluity of rain which fell just before you wrote me; as it would bring forward my garden stuff as we call it—You have no idea, how...
I should have answered your kind letter of the 13th. a day or two sooner, but for company which has fallen in, and call’d me away just at the time I devoted to the purpose of writing—Mr: & Mrs: Greenleaf of Cambridge, Charlotte Welsh, and her brother William, who has just returned from India, and Mr: Isaac Smith, and his Sister, who are here at this time—And yesterday, a tea-party of fifteen...
Altho I have not written to you since the return of your Husband to Quincy, I have had the pleasure of hearing weekly from you through him; and of learning that you, and the Children are well. I want to see the dear Boys, and regret that they are like to be so long seperated from me. George will forget us and John cannot know us. I have a great opinion of childrens being early attached to...
I have received, my best friend, your kind and truly affectionate letter of the 12th: or rather 6th: instt: on which I find some of George’s taste for literature, as I presume by the scratches I take to be his hand-writing. It is not improbable but that my spirits have been some few degrees below the point of temperate warmth, and that my letters may have betrayed some marks of it—Yet my...
Since my last letter to you I have not enjoyed the happiness of hearing from you—I hope however that you and the children have been and continue in good health, as well as your Mamma and all the family. I went into Boston on Saturday, and had all the things which Mrs: Whitcomb had procured for you ship’d on board the schooner Alert , Captain Smith, bound to Alexandria and Georgetown—They are...
I have just received your’s of the 29th: of last month; since which I hope you have two from me—I feel the same anxiety to hear from you frequently which you mention, and grow uneasy, whenever four or five days pass without a letter—I rejoyce to learn that you and the children are in health; and sincerely sympathize in the distressing affliction, which has befallen Harriet.—The consolations...
I was two days last week at Dedham, where there was a Court sitting, at which I had something to do—On Friday evening I received your letter of the 17th: of last Month—Yesterday, being at Boston I found your’s of the 24th: and rejoyce to hear of your all being so well—They ought not to have charged you with postage for my last Letter—However, 20 Cents is not worth disputing with them. Mr: and...
I received a few days ago your kind favour of the 10th: instn: with the letter that accompanied, and thank you for the care of it—I lament to hear that your health continued so feeble and infirm, but I hope as the Spring advances, you will find yourself better—I approve much of your intention to wean John, and rejoyce at the information that he has recovered. I have been into Boston only once...
I left New-York last Thursday morning the 12th: at 9 O’Clock in the Packet Cordelia, the same we went in last October—Friday evening we reached Providence, after a short, but very boisterous passage—Yesterday, I came from Bost Providence to Boston, and here last Evening—Mr: Otis and Patty had been equally prosperous in their passage, and arrived in Boston last Monday, the eighth day after we...
I received this morning your letter of the 4th: instt: which gave me pleasure as containing the information of the children’s health; and sorrow by that of your own indisposition—The remainder of the letter was equally painful and unexpected to me—Our separation was very much against my inclination, but it was your own choice, and it has been my unvaried principle, and I hope will always be...
I cannot neglect the Opportunity which Mr King’s return to America gives me of inquiring after Mr Adams & you; & still more particularly after my little Godson—; who is I hope in every respect as prosperous as he promised to be when he left Berlin. I am likewise troubling Mr King with an inkstand of our English China; which I wish you to keep upon your writing table as a souvenir of a distant...
The mountains have vanished, and the ground is again bare in most places. the roads are excessive rough, and the weather uncommonly cold for March. I hope it will Soften & the Roads become smoother, before Saturday when I shall send in the carriage for you. I do not think that George will have the Measles. I thought that voyage to England, would end in a matrimonial engagement in Boston I wish...
The day after I last wrote you, I received your favour of 22d: Septr: and am much distress’d to find that you had again been ill with the cramps, and continued to suffer the pain in your hands which has so much afflicted us heretofore—I hope with you it is not imputable to the cause our friends apprehend, and that it will subside when the agitation upon your spirits occasioned by our tedious...
Last friday Evening, the 25th. Whitcomb to my great joy arrived and brought the tidings of your safe arrival at Washington; he was detained four days at New-York; so that your letter of the 16th. reached me at the same time—I enjoyed over again the happiness of your meeting with your parents and family; and as you are apprehensive of too much inconvenience on your journey hither without me, I...
I hope you have duly received the letter which I wrote you, from New-York, giving you a regular account of my proceedings untill I reached that city. T he packet on board of which I took passage was detained by adverse winds untill Friday , the 18th: when we sailed at about 5 in the afternoon—Of all the passages by water that I ever made, this I think was the most perfectly pleasant, and in...
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...