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My dearest Friend
I received yours of 28th of Novbr. I have not faild of writing to you once a week ever since you left me, and I believe twice, tho the Letters may not reach you, so regularly as I wish. I have kept you informd of our movements. Mr. Porter and French compleated last night getting Home the whole of our Timber, Board, and Shingles. Of the Boards there are more than 30 thousand, and near 50 thousand Shingles. All agree better Stuff was never brought. The Boards remain to be strucke. We have a prospect of winter enough, and long Enough. It began snowing yesterday and continues to increase this day, Sunday, with increased voilence. It bids fair for a very deep Snow, and this at the commencment of December. We must now look to getting our wood, and sleding the manure upon the Hill. We have made great Slaughter with our English Hay working our cattle so hard, and keeping Frenchs, both whilst building the Wall and carting the Timber, for we had no feed for a long time before you went away. I bought a load of Straw for the Horses so that Michial does not use Hay, nor do I let him be so lavish with oats as James used to be, for the horses are so little used that they do not require them and Michial is of opinion that Favorites feet have been injured by
Brother Cranch seems something better tho he swells very much. Boylstone Adams was here and dined with me, the last week. I think his fever is leaving him and his cough has done so in a great measure but he is very thin and very feeble. I think he will not get out soon. For myself I have not been so sick since you left me as to be confined to my Chamber, and tho my Spirits and health are in proportion to the rest I get, my sleepless nights are fewer, and my rest better. I have had but one without Sleep for a week and I hope if the Snow does not bank too much to be able to use more excercise.
I sent Richard Dexter by way of Providence. I do not know what luck
Genll. Lincoln has been leading me into temptation. I think it best to give you suitable information of it. He has told me that he expects to go to Philadelphia in Jan'ry if the sleying should prove fine, and that he will take charge of me and go just as I can bear as he shall be in no Hurry and that we may get on so Charmingly if I should find my Health sufficiently confirmd by that time. But I know not whether I shall have courage to attempt it, unless I should hear that you were unwell, and then no difficulty shall stop me short of Sickness on my part. I find the cold weather strengthen me, but you will see in a little time how you make out. I would not upon any account come to be the trouble I have been both to myself and Friends, nor attempt a journey without feeling myself able to encounter it.
I see by last Evening Centinal that Russel has republishd the Letter with some of his own observations upon it. I should like to know how it sits at P.
Be so kind as to Frank and forward the inclosed Letters.