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My dearest Friend
I have been so overwhelmed with Business at the Close of the Session of Congress and Since, that I have not been able to write you for Several Days.
Mr Grove desired me to tell you that Mr William Smith your Nephew is married to a very amiable young Lady the Daughter of a rich Father. What he means by a rich Father I dont know. I congratulate you and Louisa on this Event.
I cannot say whether I shall see you in march. I have much to do. but neither a Sense of Duty nor the feelings of Inclination will be wanting to induce me to see you at Quincy as soon as possible. I shall not go to Washington. I cannot.
I am grieved and mourn for your Confinement. In the Spring I will run about with you and in the fall bring you
You will have News enough without my giving you the trouble to read them in my Scrawls. Yours ever
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