My Dearest Friend
By the Post of Yesterday I received your kind Letter of the 4th of this month [Abigail to John, 04 November 1794] , and, by it, was relieved from a great anxiety on Account of your health and that of Louisa. The News from the orchard is also very pleasant. I wish I could hear as good News from Hancocks Meadow. A Covering would keep it warm. But I leave all to your better Judgment.
No senate Yet.
Mrs. Morris by her son has received "a Gallery of Fashion" i.e., Prints of Ladies Dresses in all the Months of the Spring and Summer. The House goes on rapidly.- - - Speculation always ends in Extravagance. I love these People too well to be an uninterested Spectator, of what I fear is not not Wisdom. But it is indeed properly speaking as you'l say, none of my Business.
Our senate is under a Cloud. Two Members Frelingheusen and Ross are with the Army vs. the Rebels. Butler Bur and Bradley are absent. No body knows why. Several are sick and there are several Vacancies &c.
Col. Smith is in Town. He breakfasted with me two days ago and dined with me and the P.S. yesterday.
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