a very sickly winter and spring - I was very sorry my dear child to hear that you had been sick, and had the tooth ack you should be very carefull how you go out in the cold to keep your feet dry and take care of your teeth to clean them every day - I sent you Brushes and tooth powder in case you should want it - by Mrs Nichols4 - and hope you have got the things safe - I am much plesed my dear with the cap your Lasey sister 5 has not done the one she had and I am much in want of it, to finish and put the finishings I had made altogether so as to have them ready to be sent when an oppertunity offers to George town.
The President and my self are much obliged to you my dear for your good wishes to us - we have spent our Christmas at home as we always have done - I intended to have gon to the assembly last Thursday but it rained so hard in the afternoon that it prevented our going out your friends make many enquires after you - Mrs and Miss Bordly6 was hear New Years day - Mrs Bordly has been very much indisposed Mr Bordly7 told me that Miss Bordly had writen to you lately - I desired him to tell her that if she would send her letters for you to me I would take care of them and send them to you - the letter of Miss Morris s 8 came after our letter was sent to the post office is the reason of its being so long delayed - we had a very large companey hear on fryday and Fryday evening. Miss Temple9 is still in town - she is not grown so much as you would expect she is short and fat and not pritty
I was in hopes my dear child to have had a picture drawn of me for you before this I have set several times 10 - the picture is not yet done nor do I know when it will be ready to send to you as the painter beged I would not hurry him - and as I know the only value of a picture is the likeness it bears to the person it is taken for - I shall wait till he brings it to me I met with a prity book which I send you with the pretiest gold chain that I could find which I hope will get safe to you and soon - I have also sent your conkshell clasp and six small buttons that I think you asked me for - Kiss Master (_____) for me and tell him when I come to Mount Vernon I will bring him a pritty thing for his goodness to you - our compliments to Doctor Stuart our love to your Mamma and children - your Brother is run out and says he will write to you next sunday - you know how difficult it is to get him to write Thank god he is very well and getting fat again - I hope my dear that this will be a happy year to you and that it will plese god to make you good and Bless you is the sincear prayer of your ever affectionate
The President sends his love and good wishes to you and all with you - I will send your Pin cushing as soon as I can it is too big to send in a letter it is an indifferent thing - I have got for you the Iron to make the filigree and will try to get some paper if there is any in this city -