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Robert Treat Paine Papers, Volume 3

From Abigail Greenleaf
Greenleaf, Abigail RTP
Dear Sir, Taunton Octr. 23d. 1777

I took great Pains to write last night, & gave it to Seth desiring him to carry it early to the Docter, but he forgot it untill it was too late, so I shall send it tomorrow by Miss Blanchard as a testimony of my remembrance of your desire to hear from us. Aunt is nicely to day so is the baby. We are all Pretty well—are longing to hear the Confirmation of the news of Burgoin being taken. The Papers are not yet arrived. I think of nothing Particular to say, as I am very sleepy. Conclude with wishing you a good night. Sir yrs. &c.

Abigail Greenleaf

29th Not one line have we been able to send you. I am very sorry, but we have had a dreadfull storm the house has leaked all over it, but in the front rooms, the kitchen & all the back Chambers are all afloat. We cant get any help for an hour, & I am entirely, tired out, have done very little since saterday, now have a terrible cold; can sit with Aunt. I wish I was able to work, but I can do no more.


Aunt is tolerably well, the baby has a sore mouth. Doctor Williams told me you was very ill. I am very anxious to hear from you again. Aunt thanks you for yr. agreable Presant. Do let us hear assoon as Posible. I am dear Sir ever yrs.


RC ; addressed: “The honble. R. T. Pane Esqr. Boston”; endorsed.

Extract from the Minutes of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Friday, October 24, 1777

Nathan Cushing, Esq; brought down the Report of the Committee of both Houses respecting the Prisoners taken at the Northward. Read in Council. Accepted and Sent down for Concurrence.

Read and committed to Mr. Paine, Col. Hutchinson, Mr. Phillips, Mr. Gray and Mr. Crane, with such as the Honorable Board may join, to consider and report.

Printed in the Journals of the House of Representatives of Massachusetts, 53, pt. 1:118.

From Elbridge Gerry
Gerry, Elbridge RTP
My dear Sir, York Town in Pennsylvania Octr. 29. 1777

Soon after the receipt of your agreable Favour of April 12th., I was under the Necessity of suspending a Correspondence with all my Friends, which I think would not have been the Case, had my Situation been on the Banks of a River, blessed with the finest of Air, & abounding with the most delicate Species of the finny Creation; this Part of my Epistle, I think you will be able to decypher without an Alphabet.

I am informed that You was a warm advocate for the regulating Act, & had I been honored with a Seat in your House, You would certainly have had an Addition of one to your Sect. True it is, that an Excess of Money whether in Specie or Bills of Credit, will lessen the comparative Value, 407and that this will appear by enhanced prices, but is equally true, that while the Spirit of Commerce exists in a State, it will be found expedient, if not indispensibly necessary, to limit the Prices of those Articles of Trade which are considered as Necessaries of Life, when a great Scarcity & lasting Scarcity takes Place; notwithstanding the Quantity of Money should not exceed, or be even equal, to the Sum required in the State, for a circulating Medium. Therefore the Reduction of the Quantity, & restraining Acts must go hand in Hand, or the purpose in my humble Opinion, of supporting the Credit of the Currency, will never be answered. I have the Misfortune to be on the Committee upon the proceedings of your late Convention, & a Report is now before Congress for sinking the Currency of each State, taxing the Continent largely, & confiscating the Estates of fugitives, & others who have forfeited the protection of the several States, for the Benefit of such States, but providing by Recommendation that such Estates should be sold & invested in Loan office Certificates of the Continent. The Committee will I hope in the next place propose a plan of general Regulation of prices from the Want of which your Act was before defeated. I have long expected to have seen a Duty layed by your State for the Benefit thereof on prize Goods of at least 5 per Ct.; It would give me Pleasure to hear of it tomorrow; & it is justifyed & encouraged by the Confederacy as adopted by Congress. The late Resolve for paying Interest, will, I think, bring in large Sums to the Loan offices; the Encouragement is great & the Lender will be benefited in proportion to the Appreciation or Depreciation of the Currency.

As the president will deliver this, it is unnecessary to give a Detail of Congress Matters, wch. You will receive from him by Wholesale. I congratulate You on the late Successes of our Troops in the North, & the Delaware & remain with much Esteem Sr. yours Sincerely,

E. Gerry

P.S. I am now on the Lobby & Congress are upon a question relative to a Council of State wch. so hurries me as to prevent reading, much less adding to this.

RC ; addressed: “Hono. Robert Treat Paine Esqr. at Taunton Massachusetts Bay favd. per the Hono. Mr. Hancock”; endorsed.