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accompanjed him up, you would have given your friends a satisfac-
tion which nothing but Ocular Demonstration can give you a true
idea of. _You well know, every thing in our power would have been
done to make the minutes pass Agreeably, I am positive they would,

on, a to you - at the old place of your Nativity, in company with the Man of your

Heart, & your Affectionate Brethren. But why do I talk on a mat-
ter which is already pasidd-for no other reason but with great ex-
pectation, you may yet gratify us with your presence this Spring.
Can you have already forgotten the beauties of a fine morning in
the countryf-Can you have lost the sound of the little warblers-
which every morning surround our Mansion, and seemingly, with
various and most pleasing Notes, thank Almighty Providence for
the return of Spring, -Can you, fin a word) forget every pleasing
idea, and many real enjoyments | No, you cannot. Come then (if
possible) my much lovda Sister, to your Brethors & Sisters. Come
with your other selt. 'Come with your Amiable Sister, friend &
Companion- Perhaps you never again, may see so many of your
friends together, in this now happy family. I do expect Mr. Simp-
son will be obliged to pay us another Visit between this and May ;-
for that reason'st is that I say so much of your coming ; but should </
it be otherwhe, and nothing more than I at present know of hap-
pens, I shall attend you, my good Sister, and once more see you at
your happy Seat. 'Tis late, & I am rather dull ; if anything ap-
pears ūnconnected, look it oxer with that Sisterly Affection you are
wont to do. Hetty, as she generally does, has been reading what I
have wrote. She says: “Sammy, you have written very differently
from what your feelings are to night; which I think makes it ap-
pear not so smart as some of your's that I have seen," I acknowl-
edge I am not in a humor for writing. My thoughts are turned
another way. I have something-of no little consequence on my
mind. -I must bid you adieu ; with a kind remembrance of our
friend & Sister, Miss Simpson & B’r Wm., Believe me, Dear Sally,
your very

Affectionate Brother,

SAM'L B. WEBB.
To mm. darah simponi
No. 8.

HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK, July 28, 1776. 2 Touw 74
MY DEAR SISTER :— With impatience I have waited for an op-
portunity to write you, The wished for day has come. Col. Pater-

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8on, Adjutant-General to the Army under command of General Howe, very politely offered to forward a letter to you, and as a Flagg is to be sent in a day or two to Staten Island, I have taken the first leisure hour to assure you of my unalterable affection. My anxiety on your and Peggy's account has been very great. I have much to say, but the delicate situation we are in will prevent my giving you a long, circumstantial letter. It shall be my endeavor to confine ar myself to ideas, and sentiments that will not inake it inconsistent with Col. Paterson's duty to forward it. On the first intelligence of General Howe's determination to leave Boston I wrote you, and handed it in over the lines. Had it have reached you I am confident Mr. Simpson never would have left Boston. On Sunday, the 17th of March, we perceived the embarkation of the troops, and immediately entered the town in boats from the mouth of Cambridge River. I soon obtained leave, and flew on the wings of impatience to the well known mansion of my sisters and friends. *Here would be a place for me to describe the various emotions of my heart, &c. Let your imagination paint, to you what I would, but cannot say. Our brother Joe, who had come down on purpose to see and meet you, entered the house with me. The fair inhabitants had fled. The house looked" more like a covering for the dead than a habitation for the living

I waited on your friend Doctor Bulfinch, who gave me a particular account of Mr. Simpson's unsettled state of mind for several days before his departure. I can hardly forgive his conduct in doubting my affection, or imagining I should suffer him to be in any ways ill treated or insulted by our army or the country people. He knew I was in the family of a gentleman* who held a principal command, and whose sentiments of generosity and humanity have never been disputed by his greatest enemies. By repeated indulgencies granted me, he must have imagined he would have protected any of my friends from ill treatment, Indeed there was not the most distant reason for any one who had acted in so neutral a line as Mr. Simpson to have quitted his mansion. That he differed in sentiment with us in the present most unhappy dispute, I was sensible, but had carefully avoided taking an active part in that situaation he might have continued. No one would have desired of him to have taken arms, he might have retired in the country, lived in

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a circle of friends without ever having occasion to enter upon &
political subject, that he did not I am truly sorry. He, 'tis true, can
endure hârdships, and rough it through this troubled scene; but for
yourself and Peggy I feel excessively unhappy. Your sister mourns
your absence, and most ardently wishes for the day that may make
you happy in meeting. As soon as I found there was no probability
of your return from Nantasket Road, I carefully packed the spinnet,
desk, tad book case, and other articles you left in the house and
sent them immediately to Wethersfield. In Peggy's desk I found
a number of papers, and little matter, which I carefully forwarded
to the care of her friend Miss H. at Wethersfield.

Your afft. brother,

SAM'L B. WEBB.

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No. 9.

HEADQUARTERS ON HARLEM HEIGHTS, 3d Oct., 1776.
- MY DEAR BR. :-I am not a little disappointed in not hearing
from you by the post. I expected a circumstantial letter.

We have been up ever since two this morning, occasioned by
our sentries firing on a reconnoitering party of the enemy. They
then ran in and informed that the enemy were approaching. Our
army were immediately turned out. A party of Rangers went out,
fell in wb them and exchanged a few shot, without damage, when the
enemy retired to their main body. I want my blue cloth immedi-
ately made into a coat. I have neither buttons, facings, lining or
any other trimmings. These I beg you to forward me, or if you
think Mr. Stanley can make it in the newest taste, agreeable to
Gen'l Washington's new form, it will be more agreeable to me, and
I will send you the cloth by next post. I am likewise in want of a
a buff waistcoat and breeches. Mr. Stanley has my measure. I
wish you to furnish the cloth and have them made. The waistcoat
is to be made with skirts and full trimmed, as the General's dress
has no belts to the waistcoat.

Should anything new turn up, you may expect the particulars from me. The gentlemen of the family desire their compliments. Remember me affectionately to my good sister, J. Webb, to Hetty, Jack and Abby and believe me, with unalterable affection yr friend and Br.

. SAM'L B. WEBB.

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A general court-martial has been sitting for three days past, trying one of the captains for not landing on Montressor's Island ye night young Henly fell. If our people are in a hanging mood I think he stands a chance to swing. No. 10. To mo.hu dunhonar

WETHERSFIELD, IN CONNECTICUT, 16th March, 1777. - MY DEAR SISTER :-Your friendly and very affectionate letter, dated New York, February 11th, I duly received. With sincerity I can say, * gave me more real satisfaction than any letter I ever read. It gave us to know you were enjoying Heaven's greatest gift, Health. Contit may long continue my ever dear sister, is the fervent prayer of a fond brother. Inclosed you will find a letter wrote for you last summer, while in New York. It would have been forwarded but for particular reasons which you may hereafter know.

Joe end myself have this afternoon given up church to do the last friendly office to our much loved brother and sister, that is, to give them our free, candid and impartial advice. Nu is impartial because I am not interested (only in general terms for your welfare). 'Tis candid, for it comes from a heart that despises dissimulation, and feels too sensibly for its partasers. Without further prelude, my dear Sally, let me tell you, for your present and future happiness in this world (futurity in another belongs to God alone) to come if possible to the tender embraces of your numerous friends and acquaintances. Persuade your good husband, Sister Peggy and brother Wm. that here they may find domestic ease and happiness. I would most cheerfully add your brother in den Jonathan; but that I know his conduct has been very exceptionable, and he might be liable to insult. But for brother Jack and family I will be answerable, even with life. He never has been censured but for one thing, which was, his leaving Boston in preference to trusting himself and interest to his friends here. But for this I have given sufficient reasons to those who have been the enquirers. If he comes, he at once collects all his debts, sets down in ease, and has]a genteel sufficiency for a country hte,'till this cruel and unnatural war is at an end. If otherways and he still prefers the noise and buskie of an Army, and the gay scenes of a town without order, he must abide the consequences. _I will even go so far as to suppose Britain will conquer in the end (which by Heaven I think is supposing an impossibility).where then

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