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My Dearest Friend
Tis more than a month since you left Home, and except the few lines from Fairfield, I have not received a single Letter from you. I have written to you every week, and should have been very happy to have learnt from your own Hand that you was benefited by your journey and that you was conveniently accommodated. I get only one Boston paper, so that I am in the dark with regard to the politicks of Massa. save what is retaild here.
Mr. Jay received Letters from Mr. Jefferson yesterday dated 5 August. He had not then received his Letters of recall. He is writesvery cautious with regard to the State of France, says that the disturbances had subsided in a great measure.
The Marshal is gone to serve a writt this morning upon a captain of a vessel who has defrauded the customs. It is the first which has been issued and it runs in the Name of the People. He thinks that there is a difficulty arising with respect to the prisons. A marshal is obliged to give Bonds and committ his prisoner to the Jails of the State and into the custody of officers over whom the Federal court has no control, who will bear him harmless if the prisoner excapes?
The weather is remarkably fine. I have got the chief of my our winter wood, but at a most terrible price the oak cost 326 pr cord, and walnut 50.
We are all well. Mrs. Washington and Family dined with me last Saturday together with General and Mrs. Knox and Mrs. Green.
Duty and Love where due pray write to by the Next post to your ever affectionate
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