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My dearest Friend
Upon the 12th, our dear Thomas reachd Quincy to my no small Joy. I am as happy in his company and Society, as you have been before me, and I bless God that he has returnd to his Native Country an honest, sober and virtuous citizen. I hope he will continue an honour and a comfort to his parent's tho it is allotted them to experience different Sensations with respect to one, of whose reformation I can flatter my self, with but faint hope's. It is so painfull and distressing a subject to me, that what I suffer is in Silence. I cannot write you it, but to him; and that I consider my duty; a painfull one it is. I wish however some means could be devised to save him, from that ruin and destruction with which he must soon be overwhelmd, if he is not allrady.
I endeavourd as early as possible to save the property of J Q A, that is as soon as I knew he had entrusted any to him, and I also endeavourd to get out of the hands of Dr. W. what was in his. I have not written to you before upon it, because I did not wish to add private and domestic troubles to those of the public with which I knew you must be fully oppressd.
Early in the Month of December I was informd that two Hundred dollors were due upon the Shares in the Canal, that the Dr. had been frequently requested to make the payments, had always promised, but had not performd, and that
I received by the last Mail yours of Feb'ry 1st. I have made inquiry respecting the light in which the report of the Secretary is viewd in this quarter and find it is highly spoken of. It is considerd as a measure approved and warrented by the president, but if you will permit a sausy
Have you any thoughts of going to the City of Washington before your return Home; it is said your presence is indispensable.
Inclosed is the Report of the our Senate and House, upon Virgina resolves and Kentucky resolutions.
I am with the utmost affection Your
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