My Dearest Friend
I last evening received yours of the 12th
[John to Abigail, 12 May 1794]
[John to Abigail, 15 May 1794]
. The Weather for Several Days past has been extreem Hot, and as to the drought it is much than last year. We have not had half an inch of rain for two Months and scarcly Sprinkle for more than a month. Neither corn or potatoes can get up, and the few things in the garden wilt like July. I am most discouraged at Farming. I have however succeeded tolerably in keeping of the canker worm, tho some few have eluded all my vigilence. The caterpillars are also very numerous. Every day convinces me of the necessity of an over seer for all the Farms or some other pirates have made sad havock with the fence. We have already been obliged to carry up loads from here and every day new wants arise, and every neighbour is preying upon us. This place I can command but the other peice has been too long for plunder to be easily relinquished. We have attended to the Salt meddows, and been obliged to sit a fence against Jonathans pasture. The embargo is a very popular measure here and there is much anxiety least it should be discontinued. Flouer and Grain have risen in a few days as well as
I am glad to learn that Thomas is gone into the Country upon a circuit. I hope he will get into Business.
Your Mother remains much as she has been for some time past; Remember me to all inquiring Friends. Mrs. Brisler and Family are well, his Boy half Grown up.
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