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My Dearest Friend
On thursday I received a Letter from Col Smith informing me of the Birth of a Grandaughter. This You may be sure was much more agreable to me than to have heard of an other Boy. Mrs Smith is finely too, he writes me. This is an additional Blessing to hear of the Safety of our Dear Children abroad, and to receive the news of our Daughters being well abed and with a Daughter, has given such a Spring to my Spirits, that if your return was a Month later I would meet you at New York.
The climate is reversed. You have all the Snow and Winter with you. Our people have not been able to go once this Winter with a Sled into the Woods, and but for some Ice they could not have sleded a single Stone. The Harbour has been open the whole Season. The Rivers froze for about ten days. We have frequent and abundent southerly Rains. I hope you will not have so dissagreable a Time Home as you apprehend, tho March ishas frequently bad Roads.
We have as usual a derth of News. No arrival from abroad, and as to Domestics occurrences I go so little from Home, that I know very little of them.
Our Friends here are well as usual. Till within this fortnight it has been remarkably Healthey in Town. Our Neighbour Mr. Blacks Family are very sick. A Cousin of Mr. Blacks is very Bad with the fever and Ague which he took in N York State a Year ago. Jimmy and the other Man are sick with a Lung fever. I believe Mr. Blacks Cannel and the Situation of House, are not Healthy. Your Mother
Since I began this Letter a vessel has arrived this Day. The News from England I have not yet learnt only that Amsterdam was not taken. The 13 december I have a Letter from Mrs. Copley dated 15 Novbr.
Many vessels saild for N York and Boston about the same time. I think we may look for News of importance daily. France must dread a General Peace. What will such a Nation do with such Armies and no Government? It sees to be the Age of Political Wonders.
I hope a few weeks more will return you in Health and Safety to your ever affectionate
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