My dearest Friend
You I presume are so much occupied and fatigued with the duties of Your Station that You can get but little leisure to write, for of late I have received only a few lines at a Time from You; I hope We may not be driven into a liar but the present and past conduct of Great Brittain has been such that Want of power and ability, are our greatest Security to ourselves and not the Humane Principal of Benevolence or Love of our Country, and tho this Principal has a powerfull influence in the Breast of the Good and virtuous, it would not have power to restrain the passion of those who feel themselves inured and agrieved. You will see by the return of votes that Mr. Adams is undoubtly chosen Govenour by a large Majority of the people, and it is probable Mr. Gill will be Leut. Govenour. Judge Cushing stands high upon the list, but the cry of Gratitude towards an old Servant of the publick, whose Years could not be long, was powerfull, nor would they fix a Stigma upon him by placing an other over his Head. Their Principal was good, and I wish they may always act as wisely. Yet at this very critical Time, a more National and unprejudiced Man as well as a more active one, might have proved a greater Blessing to the State. Two of the counsel Daws and Wendle are good Men. Austin, I need not say what. He has the Mechanick Interest, and the art of making them believe
I will now as concisely as possible tell You my plan of opperations. The two Tennants have been employd in putting the fences in order and in clearing Bushes in Curtiss pasture. Faxon would not remove a day before his lease expired which will be on twesday next. He has workd down the cattle in such a manner that they are not able to do much more. He has been breaking up ground with four cattle only. The Yoke he bought he takes off as I am advised by no means to give his price which is 21 pounds. The oxen are old. He makes out an account and leaves himself in debt only seven shillings. In this neither Stock, or Wagon are included. Yet he has used the Team constantly and beat out the Waggon Wheels. It will be impossible to go on with Buisness without purchasing an other Yoke of oxen, for there is a hundred load of Manure to cart out 9 acres of Hill to plow there and 1 acre and half at Thayers place. Faxon says there is three hundred load of Manure. I wish his words were true. Our people are plowing here and will sow next week. They suppose they shall have near a hundred load of Manure to cart out here. I have hired Arnold
We are now upon our sixth week of Tarring and the sluggs still Crawl. A Tedious buissness it has been as well as an expensive one. I have [illegible] done more at the buisness than all the rest who have attempted it, in Town.
Your Mother is slowly mending. This day for the first time since last Feb'ry I have been as far as Weymouth, and in my absence much to my regret, Judge Cushing and Lady calld with a design to dine with me, and Mrs. Lavel and Mrs. Cabot came to visit me.
Shall I ask You a Question You cannot answer? Why NO I will not since I know you will not remain a day after You think you can return with propriety, to