Quincy Novbr 13 1798
my dearest Friend
mrs Smith appears so anxious and unhappy tho She Said nothing, that Seeing it, I advised her to follow you, & Sent Michial to Town hoping She would overtake You tomorrow. She appeard so rejoiced at the proposal that in half an hour, she was gone. I hope she will overtake You by tomorrow night.
I Slept well last night & tho I feel very low Spirited, I Shall Strive to be [content]. I will follow you when I am able if You Want me, but must leave it to future contingencies. I congratulate you upon the News which is now thought Authentic of the Capture of the French Fleet by Nelson. I inclose you some Letters recived to day. the contents of one of them will remain as tho it had never been Seen by me—I think it however uncandid & Severe. forgive me that I opend it. it was in hopes of finding a Letter from Brisler—mr Storer being here on his return to Hingham, I request him to address them and put them into the post office for you to be Sent to N york. mr Cranch remains very sick indeed the dr says—Love to William Shaw & to all who feel interested / in the happiness of your
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