[dateline] Braintree Septr. 10 1779
[salute] My dear Friend
I am indebted to you, for more Letters than I can repay at present. But declaring
myself a Bankrupt, You must except of a few shillings in the Pound. Indeed I suspect
the Debt is greater than I know of. I saw in the Courier de L'Europe, Part of a Letter
from you to Dr. Dubourg,1
which was intercepted, in which you refer him to me for a long Letter you wrote me
upon our military affairs &c. But this Letter nor any other from you never reached
me in France.2
I was sensibly afflicted at this Loss, for there are no Letters, I prize more than
yours, because none are to me more instructive, and in Europe I was terribly tormented
for Want of Information from this Country.
How goes on your Government? When I arrived I found the Massachusetts, in Sober Earnest,
endeavouring at last to frame a Constitution. The People have done themselves Honour
in chosing a great Number of the most respectable Men, into the Convention, and there
has been hitherto great Harmony among them. My native Town of Braintree did me the
Honour to choose me, into this society of Worthies, upon my first Arrival, and although
I foresee I shall have a laborious Piece of Business of it; yet I am much pleased
with the Opportunity of having a share in this great Work. Yet it is impossible for
Us to acquire any Honour, as so many fine Examples have been so recently set Us; altho
We shall deserve some degree of Disgrace if We fall much short of them. It will not
be easy to please this People: But I hope We shall succeed—if We do not, I dont know
what will be the Consequence.
We must send to Europe, or to the other states for what I know for a set of Legislators.
My best Respects to your agreable Family, and all our Friends in Philadelphia, and
believe me your Frid & sert.