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Philadelphia, 4 February, 1799.

THE SOLITUDINARIAN OF MARKET STREET

TO HIS DEAREST FRIEND :

YOURS of 25th ult. is received. Thomas is to set off from New York to-day for Quincy, and I wish him a pleasant journey, which the fine weather and convenient snow promises. A happy sight of his friends will come of course without accidents. He found his father forty years older than when he left him, and if he finds his mother advanced only ten, it may be an agreeable disappointment to him. But if we should live ten years longer, I suppose we shall begin, like the hero of Prussia, to think ourselves young, at least not old. I rejoice that President Willard is re stored to his family, friends, and the public. Mr. Gerry has seen the communication and the annotations. I should be glad to know the public opinion of both. I shall not commit to writing any remarks upon the conduct of such great men as ministers of state and ambassadors. I agree with you that voluble old women or handsome young ones are the best ambassadors to some courts and governments. I wish some power or other would send you to me in the first character.

Tell Mr. Porter that I wish to have the best manure upon the hill, and enough of it to give the land a good dressing.

J. A.

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