My Dearest Friend
If I had waited patiently for the post of Thursday Noon, I need not have had so much anxiety, but I had sent on Wednesday to the office, and received my papers, and word that there were no Letters, so not having been very well myself, my Imagination conjured up that you were not only sick, but very sick, or you would not let two posts pass without writing. I was relieved by your Letters of December 1
[John to Abigail, 01 December 1794]
[John to Abigail, 02 December 1794]
. What I wrote you respecting the Medford Farm, and collecting Materials for Building, went only upon the Supposition that my Sister should sell. The Building I know will be expensive, but according to Captain Brooks the house is scarcely habitable. If I had more landed estate, which had been my Fathers, I should regret less the parting with my part of the Medford Farm, for I never had an anxiety upon my mind but what if I was ever to be so unhappy as to need it, that I should be sufficiently provided for. Yet as that is my Birth Right; been upwards of ninety Years in the Family and sixty Tennanted by the same Name; I own I should part with it with great Reluctance. Captain Brooks told me that there had been a Number of persons to him, since the Death of Mr. Shaw to inquire if Mrs. Shaw would sell and whether it were possible to purchase the whole. The Annals have given a rise to land in that Neighbourhood. If Mrs. Shaw does not sell, she will Mortgage the income to Build.
Have you read the Jacobiniad in the Orrery? Do you know its features? You will recollect a request made for a coppy of a poem. The reply was that it was out of the hands of the owner. If they become sausy and Insolent it shall be printed, said they. Who the retailer is I know not. I suppose Honestus's attack upon the President has brought
Present my respectfull compliments to Mr. Ceracchi for his obliging present. If it is as good a likeness as the Bust, I shall value it highly. I wish I could obtain a Medallion of the President as a Companion to it. This Country will never again be blest, as it is at this period. May the Remembrance be perpetuated. I see the Secretary of the Treasury has sent in his determination to resign, Have his adversaries hunted him down? Or has he more aspiring views? Where will be found a successor?
The Farmers Calender must succeed. This week 3 Days have been employd in the Woods, one day in plowing for Mr. Belcher. Diging up the wall and heaping the Stones for sleding has occupied some of their time. To day they are in quest of more Sea Weed, but my people, all report, that they have cleard the Shores of it. The manure at the Barn will be attended to. At present we see no prospect of Snow, nor does the Season look like winter. Shaw told me a few days ago that he had been Seven weeks here, and that his Team had not stood still a day during the whole time, Sundays excepted. His Namesake wants more energy. Tis difficult getting him in motion.
Mrs. Brisler is here to day. She and her Family are well. Our Friends are all So. Your Mother has walked here twice this week, and spent two days more days with me. Remember me to Mrs. Otis and Cousin Betsy. They were all well at her Brothers yesterday.
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