seem angry that the General should think the safety of his [pitiful?] village of more consequence than that of their corn & potatoes-- Those however who stay at home are the more discontented-- The soldiers are said to enjoy themselves wonderfully & some of them swear that they would not come back if they could have an opportunity-- They have been attentively supplied with every comfort & convenience which their situation could possibly admit of-- They are established at the rope-walks-- We are very anxious to hear from Congress--our paper of today in which we expected the President's message failed. 5 I believe everybody knows what kind of talk to expect from the mouth of His Imbecility, if he may be so titled--but the eyes of an attentive nation are fixed upon their Legislature to see what steps they will take upon this momentous occasion.
How does a southern autumn agree with your constitution? I hope it has not given you the fever & ague which we who dwell on the salubrious sands of the Old Colony dread so much. It is bitter cold today with us, and I have several times regretted that you were not here to enjoy it-- The Judge and his family are I believe, well-- 6
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft) PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 125-126.
Bridgewater September 30 1814
Yours of August 30 I received the eighth of this month. 1 Your determination was what I expected. Yet I am rather of opinion that if I do not go to Boston this winter I shall hardly go at all. If I am admitted next