[dateline] Amsterdam Decr. 23. 1780
[salute] My dear Son
I last night received yours of 21st. I have written twice to Mr. Thaxter and inclosed
in each Letter, one for you and another for Charles.1
I directed the Letters to Mr. Thaxter a la Cour D'Hollande. Enquire for them at that
You tell me you attended a Lecture on Medicine, but you have mistaken the Name of
the Professor. It is not Horn, but Hahn. Is not the Professor of Law named Pestel?
Mr. Thaxter may purchase each of you a Pair of Scates. He may go to what Price he
thinks proper—but be careful and moderate in the Use of them.
You may get the Leather Breeches and Boots, but have them made large, otherwise, you
grow so fast, that you will not be able to wear them many months. I would have you
all take some Lessons at the Riding school.
I am pleased to hear that you continue writing in the Greek Testament, &c.
Your Letter is well written, but I think that in order to improve your Hand you should
write Copies every day. Write to me, as often as you can, and let me know every Thing
concerning that famous University, where you are.—I am your affectionate Father,
I have received Lillys Grammar and Clarks Exercises for you.2
Perhaps you can get them at Leyden. If you can I will keep these. I have this Moment
received Mr. Thaxters, inclosing yours and your Brothers of the 22d3
—shall answer in due time.