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My Dearest Friend
I received by this days post your Letters of the 9th.
[John to Abigail, 09 March 1797]
[John to Abigail, 11 March 1797]
, and 13th
[John to Abigail, 13 March 1797]
. That of the 15th
[John to Abigail, 15 March 1797]
. I hoped would have containd a post Note that my word which I had given for the payment of Haydens Note, and to the collecters of Taxes might not be forfeited. Yesterday the collector calld upon me for the 2d Time. I told him I could not pay him, but that I would in the course of the Month, relying upon the post of this day. He observed if I could not pay, who could? I told him I had not the money. I could have added that I had but one solitary 5 dollors bill in at my command. I get Letters only once a week from you. The various dates then come together. Perhaps you do not send them to the office as you write them. Concequently I cannot receive any thing further until the 30th. which will be next Thursday. That my word may be stricktly kept, I must have recourse to our old Friend the Genll. for the sum which I have to pay, is the Note to Hayden which is 100.6 dollors or near it, and 200 hundred faxes, 178 dollor 20 cents, for the tax Bill presented me, 25 as half taxes to the other place and 8 as half of Barrels. I have a kind Man whose time will expire on the 30th. I have to pay for an ox bought of for French 35 dollors. I have to hire day Labour as an assistant to Bracket, in plowing and tending manure.
I can give you no satisfaction with respect to Mears. He had my proposals in writing. He considerd them for a month, and then came and told me that my offers were generous were satisfactory, but he should have a responsibility upon him that he feard to engage in, that he should lose his custom which must finally be his living, that now when his day labour was performd, he had no care no anxiety, but should he take such a charge upon him, he should not enjoy an hours comfort. He should be always in fear of not doing right. He ownd he could not clear the sum I offerd,
I know you feel the want of your usual rural amusement and relaxation. I hope you will not suffer in concequence of it. I feel too, as if we ought not to be so seperated. I want to talk with, and to you of a thousand things which should not be committed to paper, but I will close this as it relates wholy to our own domestick matters and begin an other sheet upon other Subjects.
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