of our Legislature-- I have great hopes, notwithstanding there are no great pecuniary temptations held out, that the project of a standing army will succeed-- (You will recollect that only eight dollars a month are allowed the soldier if his arms and uniform are provided by the Commonwealth and [twelve?] dollars & fifty cents if he procures them himself--)
Will you be good enough to tell me something about this new Secretary of the Treasury--what sort of character he is &c-- Is he a foreigner? 2--I have felt very sensibly since your absence the want of some Living Encyclopaedia to instruct me upon these subjects. The delegates from our state to meet those from the other New England States were to be chosen today-- 3
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Bridgewater Oct-- [c20] 1814
I forgot to tell you in my last that the decision of Judge Thomas1 in favour of the will of Daniel Sampson was affirmed in the Supreme Court--Parker, Jackson & Dewey on the bench--Dewey dissentle-- 2 Since my last I have seen the documents from our ministers at Ghent--of a nature to most I believe unexpected, and unwelcome I am sure to all-- 3 Our politicians in this quarter as far as I am acquainted with their opinions upon the subject hardly know what to do with them--but perhaps we are too apt to forget that the great question is whether the conditions proposed are such as the heads of the republick can honourably accede to, and to consider the demands made merely as they affect the Eastern States. We should be much gratified with hearing something from you in the way of political speculation--I have looked to receive something of this kind from you-- You send us the news regularly in the publick prints--but we want a little prophesy. It is thought the people have some claim for information of this kind from one who makes these matters his