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I have promised in this letter to give you some account of the institutions in the province of Silesia, for the education of youth. The university at Breslau, and the academy of nobles at Liegnitz, I need not mention, having noticed them in my letters at the time when we visited those places. Besides these, there are what we call grammar schools, where latin is taught in almost every town in...
As I have promised to make this the last of my letters to you upon the subject of Silesia, you will not be surprized that it is somewhat desultory & miscellaneous; though its contents will all have reference more, or less remote to the state of literature & science in the province, a subject naturally connected with those of my two last letters, & by its interest & dignity well entitled to...
While I was sealing up on the last post-day, the cover to Mr: Pitcairn, of my number 29, I received two packets from you, containing three copies of the translation, and the three first numbers of the Port-Folio, with a couple of newspapers besides—Your few lines of January 23d. were in one of the packets; and the next day came to hand your N. 23. of January 15th: The packets are marked as...
I have not written you a line since my return to Quincy. I have found full employ to get my House in order, and my Family arranged, against your Fathers return which was on Wednesday last; we have all once more assembled at the old Habitation in Safety, without any accident, except to myself. I unfortunatly, got my foot in a hole in one of the carriages as I was getting out, and fell through,...
I now enclose together with a press copy of my last letter to you, the original of one addressed to your father, containing observations upon a french pamphlet, which I have sent him. This letter however is not to be sent to him, but to be published in the Port Folio, if the Editor thinks proper. Of course, without indicating either the writer, or the person, to whom it is addressed—My design...
I received last evening your letter of 31. January, enclosing your annual account and a copy of Dr: Tufts’s. With this punctuality, as well as with your management of my affairs in general I am very well satisfied. With regard to that portion of my property which had become desperate or precarious before it came into your hands, I only wish you not to remit your attention, though I am far from...
You will receive enclosed with this, a duplicate of my letter, relative to your annual account, and a literary letter of this date, containing an account of an interview between Frederic 2. and the poet Gellert, which I hope will amuse you.—If you chuse, it may be published as one of the letters on various topics of foreign literature. At the same time with your accounts, I received a couple...
I know not how it has happened that I have not found time to write you Since my return to my long home. The angry North East Wind, which has prevailed with little Interruption has pinched my faculties, I believe. We have been all, pretty well. This is the Day of our Election of Governor, Lt Govr. & Senators. The Democrats are very Sanguine and the others are not So. The former Say that Mr...
I know not how it has happened that I have not found time to write you, Since my return to my long home. The angry North East Wind, which has prevailed, with little Interruption, has pinched by faculties I believe. We have been all pretty well. This is the day of our Election of Governor Lt Governor & Senators. The Democrats are very Sanguine and the others are not So. The former Say that Mr...
You have here a triplicate of my letter respecting your account—a duplicate of the conversation between Frederic 2. & Gellert. And the first number of a series, in which I purpose to review an important late french work, which I shall send to your father. It seems to me as if the frequency of writing shortened the distance between us. But you will not complain if it likewise sometimes shortens...
The papers enclosed, are 1. A press copy, of my letter to you dated 28: of last month, which I have hitherto neglected sending you—2. Do: of the Gazette N: 2. which I have sent to your father—This you will peruse and then forward to him—It will not do for publication—The plan I think might be improved so as to make it very useful, for communicating a concise view of European events—But as yet...
I have read your Brothers Letters, with much pleasure; that part of them; in which he so dutifully, affectionatly, and generously tenders all his property for the use of his parents, affected both your Father and me most tenderly; thank God, we have not any occasion for it; our desires are moderate, our oeconomy strickt, our income, tho moderate, will furnish us with all the necessaries, and...
I enclose my third letter upon the book concerning the State of France. I know not whether I shall have time to finish this examination, & my project of furnishing you with frequent articles upon foreign politics & literature, will of course cease by my recall, which I have now received. As I suppose it was known to you, some days after it took place, you will probably not write to me again,...
.My child was yesterday baptized by the name of George Washington; and may the grace of Almighty God guard his life and enable him, when he is come to manhood, to prove himself worthy of it! I was not induced merely by the public character of that great and good man to show his memory this token of respect. President Washington was, next to my own father, the man upon earth to whom I was...
I returned too late in the evening: from Potsdam, to send the enclosed letter for you by the last post but I hope it will not be the longer delayed in its departure for waiting untill this day. The other is the 5th: upon a work the examination of which I have not yet finished, and which I must for the present suspend. My wife is yet very slowly recovering but not yet able to sit up. I shall...
I have received two Letters from you since I wrote to you, one 26 April, the last 2d May—inclosing one from your Brother, which I now return, without knowing what advice to give you; upon the Subject of it; in what productive property you can place his interest, excepting those he has prohibited you from, I know not. The funds of this State stand well, and are to be had with great difficulty....
I inclose you for Mr. Oldschool a letter commencing the review of a new publication of Mr. Gentz—You will perhaps enquire, why I begin upon this before I have finished the examination of the Etat de la France . The reason is that this last book was lent to me, that the owner called upon me to return it, and that I have been unable to procure me a copy of it either in this town or at the...
I wrote you last week that I expected to sail on board the Catherine, Captain Ingersoll, from Hamburg for New-York—But he goes so much sooner than I expected, that I am unable to take the advantage of this opportunity, and shall be obliged to wait for another—Perhaps even, I may embark for Philadelphia, though from various reasons I am averse to going there; balanced only by the single motive...
William Shaw brought me Your Letter the day before yesterday. I had learnt before, by the public papers, the death of mrs Bingham and many have been my reflection s upon it. Health presuming, Beauty Blooming, ah how dreadfull tis to dye,” Says fair Rossomond; that Mrs Bingham was one of the most Elegant, and highly accomplishd women, our Country has furnished, no one who knew her, will deny....
If any one had foretold that three or four months would have passed away at Stonnyfield, and that I should have written but one short line to my dear Thomas, I should have resented the prediction, as an affront to my understanding, if not to my heart yet so it is. I have not even acknowledged yours of 21st of May. My heart was too full to write upon the subject of that of your letter which...
I told William Shaw of the event which you have questioned, and from the best Authority, even the hand writing of the Father in a letter to me of the 11 of April, “The day before yesterday at half past three oclock afternoon, my dear Louisa gave me a son. She has had a very severe time through the winter, and is now so ill that I dare not write to her Mother to give her notice of this Event;—I...
To morrow morning we are to embark on board the America, Captain Wills, for Philadelphia, where I hope in about two months to take you by the hand. My account with the Department of State has not been forwarded this year, because the bills and rects: from which the charge of postage is to be collected, were accidentally packed up with my baggage to go to Boston; and I hope to arrive in America...
I received yours of the 4th with double pleasure occasioned, by the Encouragement you give me to hope that I shall See you Soon at this chosen spot. There are indeed in this Country, all the Characters and humours that you describe, and there will be such for many years to come, which will keep alive the extravagant Spirit of democracy longer than it would live of itself. Exaggerations of...
I am much delighted to learn that you intend making a visit to the old Mansion. I wish you could have accomplished it so as to have been here by this time, which would have given you an opportunity of being at Commencment, meeting many of your old acquaintance, and visiting the Seat of Science where you received your first Rudiments; I shall look daily for you You will find your Father in his...
I received your favor of 27th: Ult. in season; and have been slow to answer it; for what should I say? Quid ego irrigationes? Quid fossiones agri, repastinationesque proferam, quibus sit multo terra fæcundior? Quid de Ulilitate loquar Stercorandi? Quid ego vitium Satus, ortus, incrementa commemorem? I might say to you, Satiari delectatione non possum, ut meæ Senectutis requietem...
Inclosed is a Letter for your Brother should he arrive as we expect in Philadelphia; I am told by mr Welch who was yesterday to See us that you have Letters from Hamburgh from your Brother dated in july—if & family Should arrive in health, as I pray God they may, there first visit will be I presume to Washington. I think as they will be so near it ought to be—tho I can Scarcely give up the...
Have a care, that you do not let Captain Duane know, that I am reading Cicero de Senectute again: because he will immediately insert in his Aurora Borealis, that I recollected, those Words in the 17th Chapter “nihil ei tam regale videri, quam Studium agri colendi.” He will say that there is nothing in building Stone Wall, or in collecting Heaps of Compost, but the tang of Royalty and Monarchy,...
I arrived here in three days from New-York, last Monday Evening, the 21st: instt:—I found my father in good health and spirits—My mother has been very unwell, but I am happy to tell you is upon the recovery. Whitcomb got here two days ago, and brought me, your facetious letter of the 18th:—with the Port-Folio, for which I give you my thanks—But it is still incomplete for the prospectus , is...
We have lost our venerable uncle Quincy, he dyed on Monday last of a dysentery in the 86th year of his Age and was buried from this House on Fryday last, the last piece of respect I could show to his memory, and he is the last Ancestor of the paternal, or maternal Line. upon the latter, your Aunt Cranch and I are the next oldest. he dyed as he lived, calm, placid and benevolent. in his will,...
your Brother will be the Bearer of this to you, and with it a commission for you to get executed for me against his return. inclosed you have a lock of Hair which I desire you to get me a ring made with the cypher N Q.—and on the back N Q, aged 85 dyed Sepbr 30 1800. there is a, or was a Frenchman in North 2d Street who works in Hair very well he made one for Louissa for Seven dollars & half....