[dateline] Boston Jany 17th 1787
[salute] Dear Madam
Being without any of your Favors unanswered I take the Liberty to write this in Advance.
The State of some Counties having been tumultuous to this Time notwithstanding the
lenient Measures of Government has induced the supreme Executive to order a Military
Force into the County of Worcester under Genl Lincoln;1
I should blush for my Country was I not sensible that it is not uncommon under more
established Governments than ours to have Ebullitions; but it is more natural to expect
in proportion to the Degrees of Liberty in the Governments. I have not the least Doubt
but the Force intended and which is indespensable will prove sufficient for the purpose.
I have this Morning seen a Gentleman from Rutland who says that their prime Leader
Shays was to hold a Counsell of his Leader at Barre yesterday to determine whether
they should still persist in their Oposition to Government? This Deliberation is produced
by the Dread of Lincoln's
march to Worcester which will commence on Friday the 19th. The Court will sit on
the 23d. I wish success to the Enterprize.
Another Match in the Family, Mr William Smith is paying his Addresses to Miss Hannah
Carter of Newbuyry Port, a Young Lady of about 21 Years of age, tall light Complextioned,
of amiable temper very sensible, of good Education eloquent and sociable to a most
engaging Degree a Compleat Oeconomist not Wastefull; but appears so upon Acquaintance;
I believe she is known to Mrs Smith as She has tarried repeatedly in our Family, where
Mr Smith had the good Fortune to see her often. Mr Carter will furnish her with one
thousand Pounds to procure Furniture &c. This Match is highly pleasing to both Familys
in short She is the most suitable Person for Mr Smith and he appears to be already
transformed to a Lover and will be still improve mouldered by the hand of his intended
Companion. The Marriage will probably take Place in June every Preparation being now
making for that Purpose.
[salute] To Mr Adams Mr and Mrs Smith and to yourself may our Compts and Respects be acceptable
and permit me to subscribe your obedt St
[signed] Thomas Welsh