Quincy Febry 8th 1799
I write you only a few lines, because I am not in Spirits this morning to do more; I am Sadly afflicted with sleepless Nights, yet I have not been, either to Balls drawing Rooms plays or even to Boston, but So it is that I get not more than one Nights Sleep in the course of 5 or 6. I am not otherways sick, a little fretting fever and agitation of Nerves—enough of myself without it was better.
I had a Letter from your Mother this week 29 Janry. She was well, yet complains of want of energy. mr & mrs Webster were down. He I believe from her Letter has been unfortunate in buisness.
I read the News papers you Send. the old Dominion makes me Sick. What are they about? they would do well to ponder.
Give my Love to mrs otis.
Your affectionate Aunt
DLC: Shaw Family Papers.