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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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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 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...
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 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...