[dateline] Haverhill. Octr. 8th. 1785
[salute] My Dear Aunt
Mr. Thaxter will want a horse in a short time, to go a journey, and I should be glad,
mine is not wanted, that Charles should come with him; as he desires to. He will then
some service and of no expense; if Uncle Tufts thinks proper, Charles can ride the
when he comes. But if he does not think it for the best, will you favour me with a
Line that I
may inform Mr. Thaxter.
Cousin Betsy arrived here on Thursday evening, but Miss White will not let her come
house for us; but when Aunt returns she will spend some time here. Her being here
great pleasure. For I feel every day my aversion for forming new acquaintances, increase,
my affection for my old ones, take deeper root. I have seen no body since my arrival,
been no where out of this house, excepting once at Mr. Thaxter's Office. Whenever
settled in to my Studies, I feel as if I could live Hermit like: and I hope I may
preserve such Disposition to a degree.
All here, are well: Miss Hazen has as much gaiety, sociability and good nature as
Cousin B. Smith, as much solidity, prudence, and complaisance. Do you not think that
Characters, which are both of them very amiable, form a striking contrast? It has
me to observe it.
Tommy does not study quite so hard as probably he would, was his
uncle at home, and perhaps he may retort the charge, upon me. He attends however the
writing school, very punctually.
Will you be so kind as to present my Respects and Compliments wherever they may be
especially to remember me to my uncle.
I am, my dear Madam, with every Sentiment of Respect, your Nephew