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if nothing material happens I intend with Mrs. Bancker to pass a few days with you in Boston.
Poor woman she yet feels very sensibly our too heavy affliction and the subject will ever be painful to me, my loss is irreparable nor do I ever expect to see that happiness on Earth I have once experienced. Tell my good sister Sally I received her letter in camp and will the first leisure write her-at present time will not permit.
Remember me to Hetty-I think she might inform me how her health is—I wish much to see you all. Br. Joe is gone with a flag into New York. Br. Jack marched three days since for camp. The rest of the circle desire their love to you all. Mr. Craik's hurry obliges me to close, after assuring you that I am with sincerity your affectionate Brother
SAM'L B. WEBB. I shall be happy to hear from you when your leisure will permit. The Jason is safe arrived at New London. Capt. Riley was taken on his homeward bound passage and carried into Bermuda from there he has returned in a flag.
My comp'ts. to Col. Cary. Jos. Barrell, Esq.
HARTFORD, 13th September, 1783. DEAR BARRELL:-I feel disappointed that I have seen so lit. tle of you while in town, and am sorry my business urges my leaving you so soon; I already have recollected several subjects which I wished to have conversed with you upon; they must be deferred until we again have the pleasure of seeing you. I have concluded to get five rings made in memory of my once lovely Eliza: one for myself, one for her mother, one for her sister, one for her aunt, and the other for a female friend, who was intimate with her from childhood to death. None of them to be larger than yours, if you think it will answer, rather less. Those for myself and Mrs. BI wish to have as neat and good as can be made for five or six Guineas each. The other three I should suppose might be made sufficiently elegant for three or four Guineas each. I am confident no person has a prettier fancy for designs of this kind than yourself. 'Tis therefore I take the liberty to request you will, the first leisure hours you have, form some proper designs, and forward them to me by the first Post. Let them be different. So soon as this is done, I must solicit your further assistance in writing to your correspondent in England to have them executed in the neatest manner, for which purpose I will forward you some Hair.
We have some old gold which was given my Dear Eliza, such as lockets, necklaces, &c., &c. I should prefer its being made use of for the rings to any other; they are very ancient, and of no use;
you think it will answer I will forward it to you with the hair; be so good as to let me hear from you on the subject by the first conveyance; very much love attend your circle. Mrs. Bwishes a friendly remembrance. Adieu, and believe me
Your Affectionate Brother,
SAM'L B. WEBB. Mrs. Webb Died November 10th, 1781. Aged 23 years.
N. YORK, Jan’y 20th, 1787. Sir: We have been honored by the receipt of your Excellency's Letter of the 31st of October, 1786, directed to the Baron Steuben, Vice-Pres't. So soon as he arrives in Town we presume he will call a meeting of our State Society and communicate to them the contents.
In the meantime, we cannot omit the present opportunity to acquaint your Excellency with the sentiments which the most distinguished characters in this Society entertain with regard to your desire not to be re-elected President of the General Society. Many of them stand high in your good opinion and all of them are warmly attached to you. Their sentiments will pervade this Society, and if regret at so unexpected and unfortunate a circumstance, can give weight to arguments added to those of a similar nature in reply to your circular letter from the different States, it is to be hoped you will not decline continuing at the head of a Society brought into existence by a glorious event which crowned you with never fading laurels. A Society formed on the most noble principles, whose highest ambition is to imitate your bright example, should not prematurely be deprived of that ray which for so many years guided our steps in the paths of honor. Should no internal divisions arise on your retiring, yet, Sir, the withdrawing of your patronage will have a most destructive effect on our reputation abroad.
You have exhibited the most noble instance of patriotism that modern history can relate; you glow with affection for your country and must feel interested to promote the honor and dignity of a patriotic band of warriors, who, like the arrows on the Eagle's talon, will be respected while united to that head who so oft displayed them in the field of Glory. But, separated, farewell the splendor of Columbia's Eagle in European Courts. At home, lukewarmness will take place of the generous zeal which animates every member. Our funds, intended for the most laudable purposes, may remain unimproved for want of energy or unanimity, while unheeded flow the Widow's tears, unheard the Orphan's cry. That source whence gladness should flow to brighten the face of sorrow may be choked up. The noble end of our institution may be frustrated. Genius of Liberty avert the fate! May that philanthropic spirit which inspires your Excellency to so many acts of public utility induce you to continue the patron of our infant society whose maturer powers shall be one of the many branches to perpetuate the veneration due to the savior of his Country.
These, Sir, are the sentiments of our Society, which we have thought it incumbent on us to apprize you of. I have the honor to be (for & in behalf of the Standing Committee), Your Excell'y's
Most obed't & affectionate
IIumble Serv't, His Excell'y GEN'L WASHINGTON.
SAM'L B. WEBB.
NEW YORK, 5th May, 1787. DEAR BROTHER:—I have received your letter of the 23rd of April. By that I should suppose several of my late letters have miscarried. However it's probable they have reached you before this. The package from our Brother Jack I gave a gentlemen 6 or 8 days since. He returned it to me last evening, having concluded not to go. I shall now commit it to the care of Doctor Bond of Philadelphia, a gentleman of distinction in his profession and an old acquaintance of mine. Your attention to him will oblige me.
Major Pierce can give but little information respecting mercantile matters in Georgia. You must depend on information from that quarter from our Brother Jack and Seagrove. Always forward your letters to me. We have opportunities at least a month by water.
I have not yet been able to learn anything about the trade at Trinidad. I shall make the necessary inquiries and give you personal information.
To-morrow I go to Jersey and shall be back in about a week. Soon after which it is my intention to set off for Wethersfield with Aunt Polly. Colonel Cary is yet in St. Croix and Mr. Lowe talks of going out to him soon. Of this you shall have further information. He may be serviceable to you respecting Hydes. I sincerely lament the old doctor's misfortune in the loss of his son. He is cut off in the flower of his age. True 'tis a debt we all must pay, and it fairly astonishes me when I look back eight or ten years and find how many of my acquaintances have been taken off in the prime of life, and at most we cannot remain long, and I seriously hope we may be prepared for that important event.
Congress are here. Nothing of importance going on. In short they can do nothing. We are truly in a wretched situation, and a total change must (I think) take place before America can be happy or respectable.
The Empress of China, Capt. Green, arrived in port last evening after a passage of four months and eighteen days from Canton. 'Tis said she has made a great voyage.
I am now to solicit you will put up three or four barrels of shad for myself and several friends that have spoke to me on the subject, as the shad taken in the Connecticut River are much superior to those caught here, and for myself half a barrel of salmon.
Please remember me affectiouately to Sister Webb and other the friends of Your affectionate friend and Brother,
SAM'L B. WEBB.
I have been applied to by several gentlemen from Elizabethtown to write you for the exact dimensions and plan of the steeple in Wethersfield. They want it immediately. If you can oblige them.
The enclosed bonds are to be delivered to Thom. Chester, he giving a receipt to be accountable to Wm. Wickham, Esq. Any further papers
may want will be transmitted him in a few days. Jos. Webb, Esq.
NEW YORK, 17th Feb’y, 1788. DEAR BARRELL :- I congratulate you and all good men most heartily on the happy occasion of Massachusetts having adopted the Constitution. It will give a most powerful impression on all the States which have yet to take it into consideration, and I am particularly pleased in having it in my power to assure you that this City is very unanimous in their sentiments in favor of the new Government. Your intelligence came to town by the Wednesday evening's Post, for which we were prepared, and the next morning erected a Flag (made for the occasion), which cost 100 Dollars, fired 13 rounds for each of the States which had adopted it, and for Massachusetts added three cheers. All the vessels in port hoisted their colors, and many flags were displayed on the houses of private citizens. No anti-federalists showed their heads. Many indeed have changed their sentiments; and yesterday upwards of eighty of us dined at the Coffee house on Salt Fish and Beef Steaks in honor of your State; drank 13 Toasts suitable to the occasion, and to each fired six guns in honor to the six States which have already held their conventions.
I am much afllicted with Headache this day (owing to drinking and rioting in a good cause), otherwise I would give you further particulars; but I suppose you will have it in print, by Mr. Pease the next week, or some previous conveyance. I am hardly able to see my paper.
My love to all, and believe
SAM’L B. WEBB.
NEW YORK, Sunday,
13 January, 1788. DEAR BARRELL :-We were made joyful by last evening's post on the news of Connecticut having adopted the new Constitution, but a dampness is thrown over our spirits by the information that