My dearest Friend
I believe our Legislatures when they made the House tax were not aware of the trouble attendant upon the execution of it. To measure every House, Barn, out House, count every Square of Glass, collect every peice of Land, and its bounds and then apprize the whole is a Labour indeed. I have had the Gentlemen here the last week and they have with the assistance of your Brother gone through yours. Major Millar and Abel Alleyne were the persons Authorized. The Major requested the assistance of your Brother. I sat a silent hearer upon all but one Subject which was the apprizement of this House. The Major was loth that it should appear that the president had not the best House in Town. I laught at him and told him I should have no objection to owning the best House, but if the fact was otherways did the Law say, that the owner of the House was to be taken into consideration or the House prized according to what it would in his judgment sell for. Nor if he could say this House was equal to our next Neighbours and some others why then put an equal value upon it. Captain Beals was prized at 3000 dollors. This at 2000 with the outhouse. The House which French and Clark live in at 400 each, Belchers at 200 and Phebys at 75, the land upon the opposite Side of the way 40 dollors pr acre the whole
You complain that you are solitary. I know that must be your lot frequently. It is then you want the relief that your talkative wife cared to afford. When I first got down Stairs I felt so too, but I enterd as [much] as possible into my Family affairs, brought Porter to counsel me daily upon all his movements, and as I could bear it read, wakd or wrote, and so reconciled myself to myself, some times sighd when unpleasent reflections of those connected with me excited them. What right have I to be exempted from trouble of some kind or other, when a whole world is filld with evils of all sorts.
This Letter may serve in lieu of the talkative wife. I hope you put them all in the fire after you have read them. It would mortify me to have one of them found upon your table. Adieu for the present. Did Logan really visit you?
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