There is now on the ground a much greater quantity of snow than is often seen in Bridgewater, and the sleighing is very good-- The season is pretty healthy--
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft) PUBLISHED (in part): Life, I, 134-136.
Bridgewater Feb. 28, 1815
Mr. Starkweather has just called on me & handed me yours of the 23. I am very happy to hear that you are in a state of recovery. 1 The money which was sent in Austin's letter I received. As it was mentioned in the letter, I should most certainly have let you know it had the case been otherwise. 2 -- The news of peace has been received here with the most extravagant demonstration of joy. --I have been very curious to know what the democrats say about it--and the following seems to be a favourite method with them of getting rid of the unlucky stumbling block that we have obtained none of those objects for which the war was declared--
It is true, say they, that there is no express stipulation in the treaty about sailors rights and impressment and the principle of search, but the British have received such a drubbing that they never will dare again to impress a seaman nor search an American ship-- 3
--I wrote to Dr. Richards myself in compliance with your directions immediately after I returned to Bridgewater--
--I thank you for cautioning me about my morals and habits-- I hope to profit by it--but I believe that the Bridgewater people give me