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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
THE post of the day brought me your kind letter of 26th ultimo. The more I am charmed with your bravery and activity in farming, the more I am mortified that my letters in answer to yours are so insignificant and insipid. I must leave all your agriculture to your judgment and the advice of your assist ants. I sent you more grass seeds with the furniture, which I hope has arrived before now.
The times are so critical and parties so nearly balanced that I cannot in honor, nor consistently with my duty, abandon my post. There are so many wild projects and motions, and so many to support them, that I am become of more importance than usual, in the opinion of the soundest part of the community. We have very disagreeable business to do in finding ways and means for the expenses we have already incurred. It grieves me to the heart to see an increase of our debts and taxes, and it vexes me to see men opposing even these augmentations, who are every day pushing for measures that must involve us in war, and ten times greater expenses. But the inconsistencies and absurdities of men are no novelties to me.
I have pleased myself with a hope that I should get home in April, but the general opinion is, we shall be obliged to remain here till the middle of May. I have little expectation of seeing you before election. You are so valorous and noble a farmer that I feel little anxious about agriculture. Manure in hills if you think best, but manure your barley ground and harrow it well. I have now the pleasing hope of seeing my honored mother again in comfortable health. I have suffered many melancholy hours both on her account and yours, and I think myself indebted, under Providence, to your tender care and indefatigable assiduity for the prolongation of her life.
If the yellow fever should make its appearance here, we shall soon fly ; but there is no symptom of it as yet. I am sometimes obliged to give critical votes, which expose me to the passions of parties ; but I have been wonderfully spared this session. They find it best to let me alone, for I get credit by their abuse. I am, most sincerely and most kindly,