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My dearest Friend
Such extrem cold weather I do not recollect to have felt in March, as it has been this week, and it has laid Thomas up with one of his soar Throats and rhumatism I hope however tho very threatning, that it will not be lasting; I am so well as to ride out, when the weather will permit, and able to look after my poor lad, who I regret has so much of his mothers constitution and infirmities.
Captain Brooks dyed yesterday of a Lung fever, with which he had been sick about ten days; the loss to his Family will be heavily felt.
I am anxious to hear from Philadelphia the result of a nomination which has agitated the public, much more than a declaration of war could have done, the Report of the Senates having negatived the nomination which gave me so much pain and anxiety, was I find, not founded, I presume much of the Clamour has arisen from the mortification of a certain Gentlemans not being intrusted with the Secret, it was hardly fair, or in Character to write upon the first day of the nomination to H--n such a Letter as I have heard was
The additional nomination will tend perhaps to give more general satisfaction.
I congratulate you
I hope to learn when I may expect you home by your next Letter,
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