My dearest Friend
Cheesman has at length arrived and I have received my Trunk in much better order than I expected.
The People here are much cooler than they were last Week. The Embargo begins to be felt by many who have been the most noisy and turbulent. Speculation mingles itself in every political Operation and many Merchants have already made a noble Spec. of the Embargo by raising their Prices: but the foolish Tradesmen and Labourers who were so ready to follow the heels of their Scheeming Leaders are now out of Employment, and will loose 30 dollars a head by this Embargo. If they had been taxed half the sum to the most necessary and important Measure they would have bitterly complained. I can see little benefit in the Embargo except that it may cool down the Courage of such kind of People. It may be expected that We shall soon have a Clamour against the renewal of it, if not to have it repealed.
The Assembly of Pennsylvania have this day chosen a Senator Mr. James Ross of Washington County in the Place of Mr. Gallatin.
We are rejoiced that the civic Feast in Boston succeeded no better. It is astonishing that Mr. Adams should ever have thought of implicating the Government in so indecent and hostile a frolick.
We have had an incessant Struggle, all Winter to restrain the intemperate Ardour of the People out of Doors and their too accurate Representatives in both Houses. Too many of our good Federalists are carried away at times by their Passions and the popular Torrent, to concur in motions and countenance Sentiments, inconsistent with our Neutrality and tending directly to Tar. But I hope We shall be able to make a stand against all fatal Attempts.
I long to be at home, but I dare not ask leave to go. The Times are too critical for any Man to quit his Post without the most urgent necessity. Ways and Means must be provided to defrey the Expences incurred and I expect this will be put off till May. I shall be very uneasy through this whole month, but I must take Patience.
Tel my dear Mother that I hope to have the Pleasure of seeing her in the Month of May. Love to my Brothers and Sister and Cousins &c.
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