My dearest Friend
The Birthday was celebrated Yesterday with as much Joy affection and Festivity as ever, and as it happened the New French Minister was then presented. Poor Genet I fear is undone. Bad as his Conduct has been I cannot but pity him. What will become of him I know not. The Name of his Sucessor is Fauchet. Gloomy as I was in expectation daily of Afflicting News from home, I contented myself with paying my Respects to The President with the Senate but I thought it would not become me to be present at the Ball of a Saturday night, especially at a time when I could not get it out of my Thoughts that my venerable Parent might be closing her Eyes forever.
The Senate has been several Days trying a contested Election of Mr. Gallatin, with their Doors open. It is at length determined that a Gallery is to be built and our Debates public, at the next Session of Congress.
If my Mother still lives send her my Duty and tender Sympathy under her Affliction.
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