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Your ready reply my dear Madam to my last forbids a delay on my part to cherish a correspondence that has given reciprocal pleasure. When I see the glow of friendship kept alive in the bosom of the few left of my former associates it is a powerful stimulus to take up the pen. It is to me indeed a pleasing occupation when this can be done unincumbered by ceremony. When the mind feels itself at...
I have a day or two since received your favour of 10. Feby; by which I perceive that my last Letters from London had reached you, though I know not what was the fate of several that preceded them, and none of those which I wrote from this place had come to hand. I have not however since my arrival here been altogether negligent, and I hope that before this time you have received the proofs of...
I am unable to find language to express my Gratitude and thankfullness to you—for your maternal Care of the Dear little orphan whose life we owe to your uncommon resolution and perseverance. I think if you had not taken care of it, it would have Dyed a more dreadfull death and a more melancholy death than if it been taken away with the Smallpox or yellow fever—it is said them that will give a...
It has not been from want of the most affectionate Respect that I have suffer’d your kind letter by Mr. White to remain so long unanswer’d. The sickness and death of a late worthy friend of mine, Mr. James Cook of Georgetown, and the business which has fallen into my hands in Consequence of that Event, have occupied my whole attention and must be my apology. Mr. Cook was about my Age, and was...
I can never sufficiently thank you for your Letters. & the communications you so frequently Supply me with. I am consider’d as the fountain head from whence Couth truth is to be look’d for. I have read parts of your Letter’s till I have them by heart and can preach very well without notes now. Wherever I go I am scarcly welcome without I bring my pocket full of Letters. I was last week Several...
I feel too sensibly the obligations you have laid me under by the letters you had the goodness to write on the 3d. and 4th,—They deserve a better return than it is possible for me to make; while I can only offer the effusions of a grateful heart I see too plainly that those alone wou’d not be acceptable—You require a Serious engagement on my part which I am forbidden to make by motives that...
My knowledge of your condescension and goodness emboldens me to address you at present. I have at length prepared my History of New-England for the press, in which I have mentioned your illustrious partner as one of the first and most active promoters of the declaration of Independence. I have given a Sketch of his Speech on that important occasion from Ramsay: The whole is not inserted in any...
Since the last Letter I recd from you dated April 12th poor Sukey compleated the Journey of Life and is gone to the World of Spirits through the whole of her Sickness, few have exhibited a greater Degree of Firmness, Patience & Submission to the divine Will, She has left us the consoling Hope of her enjoying a blessed Immortality—Mrs. Tufts by her long Attendance upon her seems to be much...
Though the kind remembrance I have of my Sister is imprinted upon my heart; as with a point of a diamond, and can never be erased while vital Spirits remain, yet I know not when I have written to her.—The cares and anxieties, the hopes, and the fears, that I should do too much, or not enough for my poor Betsy, I did not wish to trouble you with, or to tell you that my mind has been so agitated...
I too have taken my pen with the rising Sun. I have been so disturb’d with the Result of the allarming riot before your Door on the fast day evening that I have not had a moments queit sleep this night. I had no Idea the faction would have treid their Strength So oppenly. I suppos’d the Letters which had been thrown into your house were mear threats. but I hope they have but staid their time....