My dearest Friend
I believe I have not directly and expressly answered your Letter, inclosing the Memorandum from Mr. Smith of the Price of a Chariot at Boston.
I had before bespoke a new Chariot here, and it is or will be ready: so that there is an End of all further Enquiries about Carriages. I hope as soon as the Point is legally settled you will have your Coach new Painted and all the Arms totally obliterated. It would be a folly to excite popular feelings and vulgar Insolence for nothing.
Mrs. Washington, Mrs. Powell &c. send
I believe I must take Mr. Malcom, Charles's Clerk and Pupil for a private secretary, at least for a time.
I wish you could get a compleat set of Domesticks from your Neighbourhood that We might avoid a little of the Brigandage.
Fine Weather to day. Candlemas. Half your corn and half your hay.
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