My dearest Friend
Mrs. Smith appeard so anxious and unhappy tho she said nothing, that seeing it, I advised her to follow you, and sent Michial to Town hoping she would overtake you tomorrow. She appeard so rejoiced at the proposal that in half an hour she was gone. I hope she will overtake you by tomorrow night.
I slept well last night and tho I feel very low spirited I shall strive to be [ . . . ] I will follow you when I am able if you want [me], but must leave it to future contingencies. I congratulate you upon the News which is now thought Authentic of the Capture of the French Fleet by Nelson. I inclose you some Letters received to day. The contents of one of them will remain as tho it had never been seen by me. I think it however uncandid and severe. Forgive me that I opend it. It was in hopes of finding a Letter from Brisler. Mr. Storer being here on his return to Hingham I request him to address them and put them into the post office for you to be sent to N York. Mr. Cranch remains very sick indeed the Dr. says. Love to William Shaw & to all who feel interested in the happiness of your