My Dearest Friend
I last Evening received your of the 16th and our Son the Remittance, which he went directly to pay but Mr. Smith Says the Sum is this currency, when as Mr. Bisler expressly wrote me that it was Philadelphia currency and after nameing the Sum in pounds, was so particular as to calculate the Sum in Dollors. Captain Eames has Saild for Philadelphia so that Mr. Smith must wait unless he will credit Mr. Brislers Letter which I have now inclosed to Mr. Adams. I expected Captain Eames would have come up from the vessel before he went to Boston, but the rain prevented him. I have no doubt however that Mr. Brisler who is generally accurate in Buisness did not leave this matter at an uncertainty. If Captain Eames Is in Philadelphia when this arrives, he had better Sign with Brisler the agreement. I Shall do the best I can to make the Sum I have last till June. I have delayd any farther purchase of cows till May. They will do but poorly without english Hay after they have calved, and what Stock we have will empty our Barns of all but fresh Hay. One of the oxen you purchased last Summer has been Sick with the Yellows and horn distemper and unfit for Buisness this fortnight, so that the odd ox which Faxon left has been of use. Your Brother has a pr which after planting he talks of selling for 25 pounds, but will not take less.
Would to Heaven you could retire from the Madness of Men to the Rural occupations of your own Farms, and Shut out the din of War and all its fatal concequences. The voice of the landed interest is not for war and I dare Say it will be found a Sound maxim that the possessors of the Soil are the best Judges of what is for the advantage of the country. If an Enemy invades our country, every Man will rise for its defence, but when only the Mercantile property is Struck at, tho it ultimately affects the landholder Yet the Body of the people had rather Suffer than wage war and Ways and Means will be found more difficult than in any former War, or I see but little way. France will aveng our cause, and we might resent when we are able, or punish them if we can without Suffering greater injuries than we can retaliate, Words are easy, but ways and means difficult to obtain,
I Saw Mrs. Brisler yesterday. She and Family are well.
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