My Dearest Friend
It is peculiarly unfortunate that the Treaty has not yet reachd America. On the 19 November it was sign'd, and the vessel which brings the King of Englands Speach left London 5 Janry. In that he announces the conclusion of a Treaty with America, and that the States General of the united Provinces were carrying on negotiation with France for Peace. I believe he will find however disagreeable that his ministers must enter into negotiations with the ruling powers or have the whole Force of France leveld against his Kindom.
I inclose our Sons Letters to you. [ . . . ] have done it before, but I thought as JQA mentiond publick [ . . . ] by this vessel from Rotterdam, that it was likly he had written to you, and then I wishd to keep them to answer them by a vessel going to Hamburg which I have done. Just as you are about to rise a flood of Business will pour in upon you. Col. Humphries's arrival portends some matters of concequence.
I should have been exceeding happy to have had you here at the time mentiond, but think your reason just, and judicious for remaining at a Time of such expectation.
As you will not be here, I shall go to Town and accept one or other of the pressing invitations I have received from thence to keep thanksgiving there. You cannot but remark that each of our Thoughts run in the same channel.
In many instances we have been expressing the same Sentiments at the same time. [ . . . ] may be calld the Tellegraph of the Mind. If it were not
I have so little interesting to communicate to you in my Letters that your anxiety to receive them, can arise from no other Scource than a desire to know weekly that I am not sick. Even the canker worm and Caterpillar do not yet furnish a Subject. I believe our present Tennants mean to remain an other Year. I have directed them to cut and cart to each House two cords of pine Wood which they have nearly compleated. That with the Brush they may get will supply them for the Dairy Business.
Dr. Tufts meets with difficulty in procuring the Stuff, as the Swamps have not been sufficiently frozen to get it out. There is a vessel now going to Philadelphia, the Abbe Captain Davis, by which Mr. Brisler may ship such things as I wrote for.
I Yesterday received yours 29 Janry, Febry. 1 and 2 together with Mr. Jays Letter. The contents are agreable.
The Weather here is mild, the Ground Bare. Febry. has been a cloudy Month ever since it came in. My Love to Mrs. Otis, cousin Betsy &c. and my Respects to Mrs. Washington.
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