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I have conferr’d with Mr. Franklin respecting the Encyclopedia, and we find, that in order to settle that account between us it will be necessary to know what the whole Cost will be from No. 1 to the last Liveraison. As I suppose you have a complete Set of your own, you can inform us of the Amount, which will make the matter easy between Mr. Franklin and me. He expects to be in New York in...
I am anxious to write a few Lines to you; but my late Mallady has had so strange an Effect that, for some Months I could not write at all, and yet express myself imperfectly and with great Difficulty. What I now say must be only in few Words. I wish to repay the Monies you have advanced for me, but know not the Amount. The principal Articles are the Encyclode. the Physic. Bibli. Œconom. a sett...
Convenient Opportunities of writing to you seem less frequent than formerly, and those of hearing from you, still more scarce. My last was dated the 1. Decr. by Mr. Govr. Morris by whom also I sent a Packet of News Papers for yourself and a small Book of Songs for Miss Jefferson. I hope they have long since reach’d your hands. I have at last received the Case of Vinegar (Via Baltimore) for...
I could, if the Subject was worth so much Attention, justify my Musick against your Complaints —for I insist that it is as good melting Musick as could be expected at that severe Season of the Year, and would have found its way to you by water if you had but allowed a reasonable Time. A Lover who is all over Flames will require two & sometimes three years to melt the frozen heart of his...
I made up a small Package for you the other Day which Mr. Morris has in Charge. The enclosed came out since. If you have any more of the Encyclopedia, to send to Dr. Franklin and me, the vessel that carrys this is to return, as I am informed, which will be a good Opportuntiy. Yours, RC ( MHi ); 2 p.; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 4 Feb. 1789. Enclosure not identified.
There is all the Difference in the World between a Thing done, & a Thing to be done. A Thing to be done is exposed, like our new Constitution, to all Manner of Criticisms, Objections, Oppositions, Reasonings true & false, with Arguments & Apprehensions founded on future Consequences, possible and impossible. On the Contrary, a Thing done, unless it is a very bad thing indeed, is not only...
I wrote to you three or four weeks ago, and I now take the opportunity by Mr. Govr. Morris of sending you a small Package of News Papers, Pamphlets &c. amongst which is a work of my own just published. I beg Miss Jefferson’s Acceptance of a Copy, and wish it may be to her Taste. It is a Book of Songs , which I composed, occasionally, for my Daughters, who play and sing them very well. The last...
I received Mr. Pissott’s Proposals for printing English authors and agreeably to your desire immediately offer’d them to Dr. Franklin, a few Days ago. I call’d just now for his answer. He told me a Gentleman going to France would call upon him Tomorrow for Letters and that he should write to you on the Subject but he did not tell me whether he would engage for his Grandson or not. There is a...
The last Letter I received from you is dated Augt. 1st. 1787 and my last to you April 6th. 1788. I have a pretty large Collection of News Papers for you, waiting a convenient opportunity. Mr. Tillier, who takes this, goes from hence to New York to embark for France. I could not ask him to take Charge of the Papers as they are too bulky: but I have made up a Package of Publications, which I...
It is a very long Time indeed since I have had the Satisfaction of a Line from you. Mr. Rittenhouse had a Letter last Fall in which you mention some Books to have been forwarded for him in a Package address’d either to me or Dr. Franklin, but those Books have not come to hand. I have another Gathering of Magazines, Museums, and News Papers for you, waiting a suitable opportunity.—We are in a...