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Was informed when at the Eastward that you had thoughts of quitting the service—what new reasons you may have to me are unknown. As to the late unforseen misfortunes in your family, * perhaps may in your mind at present be thought a sufficient reason. Be assured, sir, I feel for you, and sincerely lament your situation. Your prospects were doubtless great and very pleasing ; you had arrived at a situation in life which promised much happiness, & to have them all blasted in a moment must deeply wound your feelings. However melancholy & distressed you may at present feel, yet I must say I should be exceeding sorry to have you leave us at this interesting Period, if you can any way make yourself & friends contented.
My most respectful compliments to your Brother & family, also
Your obd't serv't,
Jere. Wadsworth's Letter. brughton wrth
CAMP at SMITH'S CLOVE, June 17th, 1779. DEAR SIR :- I received your agreeable favor dated at the South Branch of the Raritan since my arrival here. Had I been so fortunate as to have found it when I returned to Raritan it would have been a very agreeable introduction to Miss B., who everybody says you are engaged to. If I am ever in that neighborhood again I shall certainly do myself the honor to call on her. This is a most villainous county. Rough, rocky, and a bad climate. Rattlesnakes and robbers are plenty. It was an infringement on the right of wild beasts for man ever to enter this clove. It ought to have remained as nature certainly intended it, for the sole use of shakes, adders, and beasts of prey.
Harrison says he will write you soon, but don't think Congress have done anything very effectual. What they have done I don't know. If the Carolina news is true your fears of being re-called are over, but entre nous I am yet an unbeliever. I am alone, every
* Death of his first wife.
body else believes it, but no official information is come to hand, and the time is so long, I confess there is great doubt. The enemy remain at the two points, Verplanks and Stoney Point fortifying, and are expecting re-enforcements, which they will certainly have. Then I expect we shall have some serious business among these dreary hills and dales. I intend to be pretty regular in my correspondence with you, if you are not like my other friends—too lazy to keep it up. You will remember the possibility of your letters miscarrying, and write accordingly. My love to your brother & sisters, and to Col. Chester and family.
Mrs. Greene goes from hence to-day. Five or six days will bring her to Hartford. I need not say how much I am interested in her being attended to. She is a good woman and has more virtues than are generally found among the sex.
My compliments to all friends, among which I have a few at
Col. Jere. Wadsworth's Letter.
HARTFORD, Nov. 9th, 1777. DEAR SIR :—Last Tuesday I received part of a letter from you to which this is an answer. I thank you for it, however, if you will now begin and correspond like a man. But while you only write what you cannot avoid I will count and you shall have word for word.
I have a deal of news, but won't tell you any. Now if I had ever so great an inclination letter must be short, for without news I am nothing in the letter way. I have a very fruitless noddle. The little girl I ran away with is well and sends her compliments to you and Major Huntington. She desires me to tell you the Miss Johnsons are in health. She heard from Sally this evening.
I am, &c.,
JERE. WADSWORTH. Who do you think wrote the above Letter, Sam. If you can't guess, get ye Major to guess, & if he can't tell, ask General Huntington. Colo. WEBB.
Col. Jere. Wadsworth’s Letter. omitted
Saw PITTS, 2 Oct., 1776. DEAR SIR :—The enemy will soon prevent our bringing anything by water-yesterday two ships and a brig were cruising here, and I expect we shall soon be obliged to transport everything by land. The roads Eastward you are too well acquainted with to need information, especially about Horse Neck-where are a large body of Militia and more daily coming. Suppose they were to mend these roads—this hint may be improved as you think best. There is some danger of affronting the Militia—but if all the roads were ordered to be repaired, which is really necessary it would prevent any uneasiness. I am sick with a cold, take care of your health these cold mornings & evenings, you should be very careful. I am in great haste.
W. (In another hand on opposite page.)
For God's Sake Sam-Let the Militia be ordered to mend the Road while they stay. They who eat ought to work.
J. TRUMBULL. Speak to the General & use my name.
I don't believe the tale Wadsworth will tell you, to be good. I know better.
Col. Jere. Wadsworth's Letter.
HARTFORD, Dec. 31st, 1775. 7 DEAR SAM :- I was abroad when yours of the 21st inst. came to hand per post.
Have been to New Haven with the two French gentlemen who came from Cambridge. Joseph Webb went with me through
Middletown, where we procured Joseph Johnson to attend them,
I have been much indisposed with a violənt cold, which has
Our General Assembly have passed an act to punish person unfriendly to the liberties of America, which I have enclosed to Mr. Trumbull. Our delegates must come home notwithstanding all the endeavors of their friends ; but Mr. Deane, being Chairman of the Naval Committee, will be detained there.
The widow will be uppermost with you yet. You tell her man is the ruling God, but I believe Venus comes in for her share. Oh you sly dog! Do you think to blind me with your “old Buts, your balls, shells, &c. No, no, Sam, I have not been in the oven for nothing. However, make yourself easy, the widow is safe and sound. If any idle dog attacks her in your absence I'll send you word, or drive him off. I wish fortune may for once play fair, and you may meet what you hope for, but be prepared for a disappointment. It may happen. This long silence about the matter forebodes no good.
You write me for two volumns of Enkok's History. I never saw but one here, and that your mother sent for. One volume of Knox's Journal is here, and shall be sent by the first opportunity.
Your advice about Middlebrook politicians is not good. Do you think from my knowledge of that noble animal, the horse, I can do anything with such devils ? No, no! You have injured the whole species of horses-ask pardon of them, from the General's best horse down to the poor old cart horse in Cambridge. I don't wonder your horse puts your head in the ditch. Why ! do you think the beasts will carry you when you disgrace them by such comparisons ?
L. C— r has set up a pin and stocking manufactory, and puts in a memorial to the late Assembly for the loan of £1,000 without interest for two years, has not succeeded. He has two girls in ye pin business, but I believe they will make legs Yo all the stockings.
This rain will spoil our sport, and I fear yours.
I am coming to Cambridge as soon as my health will allow me. In the interim make my eompliments agreeable to all friends, and believe me, dear Sam,
Your friend and
Captain J. Wadsworth to James Flaherty.
New London, Dec. 10th, 1772. DEAR SIR :- This will be handed you by Mr. Samuel Webb, who is to touch at the Mole on his way to Jamaica. This is his first trip to the West Indies. He is a young gentleman of fortune and character, and I shall be particularly obliged to you for your friendly advice, and have no doubt you'll readily give it.
I hope shortly to take you by the hand as I sail in company with the bearer. The schooner Sally, John Barnes, brings you a horse. I hope she will be there as soon as this. I intend to go to St. Marks if the matter appears well when I arrive at the Mole.
I have a fine cargo of horses in the brig, Sam, only waiting for a wind.
If Barnes arrives before me give him your best advice and
I am, Dear Sir,
Thomas Wizzell's Letter. Creystu wote,
PHILADELPHIA, May 19th, 1790. DEAR GENERAL :- I have this moment heard of an opportunity of transmitting to your friendly care the copy of the contract for the President of the United States. I have taken the liberty to . leave to your kindness the trouble of sealing the packet, as you will observe it contains a note to the President, which you will be so obliging as to retain or reject, as shall appear most respectful in