[dateline] Novr. 12. 1775
[salute] My dear
I am often afraid you will think it hard that I dont write oftener to you. But it
is really impossible. Could I follow the Inclinations of my Heart I should spend half
my Time, in this most agreable and pleasing Employment: But Business presses me so
close that I am necessitated to mortify my self. From 7 to ten in the Committees and
from six to ten in the Evening in the same, and from 10 to four in Congress. Many
Letters to write too upon Business.
As to News, you have every Thing in the public Papers, which I am not now under the
strongest Ties of Honour, Virtue and Love of my Country to keep secret, and not to
divulge directly or indirectly.
I am most earnestly desirous to come home, but when I shall get Leave I know not.
I long to write to your Excellent Father and sisters, but cannot get Time. You must
have observed, and so must all my Friends that every Letter I write is scratched off
in the utmost Haste.
How do you like Dr. Franklyn? He tells me he called at the House and saw you, and
that he had the Pleasure of dining with you at his Friend Coll. Quincys. This gave
me great Pleasure because I concluded from it that my dear and most worthy sisters
Cranch and Betcy were better.