[dateline] Weymouth December 30 1773
Alass! How many snow banks devide thee and me and my warmest wishes to see thee will
not melt one of them. I have not heard one Word from thee, or our Little ones since
I left home. I did not take any cold comeing down, and find my self in better Health
than I was. I wish to hear the same account from you. The Time I proposed to tarry
has Elapsed. I shall soon be home sick. The Roads at present are impassible with any
carriage. I shall not know how to content myself longer than the begining of Next
week. [I nev]er left so large a flock of little ones before. You must write me how they all do.
Tis now so near the Court that I have no expectation of seeing you here. My daily
thoughts and Nightly Slumbers visit thee, and thine. I feel gratified with the immagination
at the close of the Day in seeing the little flock round you inquiring when Mamma
will come home—as they often do for thee in thy absence.
If you have any news in Town which the papers do not communicate, pray be so good
as to Write it. We have not heard one Word respecting the Tea at the Cape or else
I have deliverd John the Bearer of this the key of your linnen. I hope you have been
able to come at some by taking the Draw above it out. I should be obliged if you would
send me that Book of Mr. Pembertons upon the Classicks1
and the progress of Dulness2
which is at Mr. Cranchs.
You will not fail in remembring me to our little ones and telling Johnny that his
Grand mama has sent him a pair of mittins, and Charlly that I shall bring his when
I come home. Our little Tommy3
you must kiss for Mamma, and bid Nabby write to me. Dont dissapoint me and let John
return without a few lines to comfort the heart of Your affectionate