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My dearest Friend
Mrs. Otis arrived with her little Rosignol, in good health and Spirits the night before last, and brought me your favour of Decr. 7. Why am not I so fortunate as to be able to receive my best Friend, and to Spend my Days with her whose Society is the principal delight of my Life. If I could make Twelve Thousand dollars at a Bargain and Several of such Bargains in a Year: but silence, So it is ordained and We must not complain.
If a suitable Season should occur for ploughing, our Men may plough, if not may leave it till Spring.
I like your Plan very well to Stock our Place with young Cattle, and to apply to Shaw if Humphreys and Porter declining, to take more of the Dairy in the other.
I am pleased with Dr Tuft's Plan.
Citizen Genet made me a Visit Yesterday while I was in Senate and left his Card I shall leave mine at his hotel Tomorrow: as Several of the Senators have already hastened to return their Visits: but we shall be in an Awkward situation with this Minister. I write you little concerning public affairs, because you will have every Thing in Print. How a Government can go on, publishing all their Negotiations
I know not how it is: but in proportion as dangers threaten the Public, I grow calm. I am very apprehensive that a desperate Antifederal Party, will provoke all Europe by their insolence. But my Country has in its Wisdom contrived for me, the most insignificant Office that ever the Invention of Man contrived or his Imagination conceived: and as I can do neither good nor Evil, I must be born away by Others and meet the common Fate. of my country
The President has considered the Conduct of Genet, very nearly in the same light with Columbus and has given him a Bolt of Thunder. We shall see how this is supported by the two Houses. There are, who gnash their Teeth with rage which they dare not own as yet. We shall soon see, whether We have any Government or not in this Country. If the President has made any Mistake at all, it is by too much Partiality for the French Republicans and in not preserving a Neutrality between the Parties in France as well as among the Belligerent Powers: But although
Mrs. Washington prays me, every time I see her to remember her to you very affectionately.
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