Washington Saturday Feby 11th. 1815—
most respected Sir
you and your dear family may have wondered at my silence for some weeks past, but I have been very, seriously indisposed, this I have not communicated to my Children at Newyork nor to our family at the Valley or Utica, it could only tend to excite painful sensations to them, therefore I have been silent—It is of course a satisfaction to me, to state to you, that I feel as if, I had perfectly recovered, tho’ in a state of partial embicility, Oh my dear Sir, what a helpless creature by himself, is the proud Lord of this extended world—the commoners of Nature, each wing that flits along the spacious <
air> sky, is less dependant, than its boasting master—
The enclosed hand bill, will <
will> fully inform you of the Success of our Arms at New Orleans, I congratulate you most sincerely on the important event, There can be no man so dead to the emotions of benevolence as not to feel a congratulating glow of soul when his Country is crowned with success, if there is, I wish not to associate with him, I discard the cold unfeeling politician who can laugh to hear a Nation groan—T.P.
With affectionate regards to Mrs. Adams—and polite remembrance to the Judge & his Lady, Cousin Louisa and Love to sweet Susan, I am with great regard & respect / Yours.
W: S: Smith
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