peace--and then would be the time to call our rulers to an account-- We are now told by the same party that we have been conducted through many dangers and troubles to an honourable peace--that Commerce is restored uninjured to our arms and now when federalism has gained all we have been clamouring for her mouth ought to be shut forever--what are you quarreling about?--unite.
But God forbid that the federalists should relax their exertions to drag back into that obscurity from which they ought never to have emerged the men who have brought upon the country so much distress and disgrace-- I much fear however that this accommodation will incline the federal party to indolence and that in the convalescent prosperity of the country they will forget to chain that mighty influence which has brought us so near to our ruin, and now wearied with its efforts, perhaps only pauses for some more favourable opportunity to destroy us.
If the peace has blown my military projects to the moon--it perhaps may be a question whether it has not a little shattered your Merino speculations. I say a question because I do not think it yet ascertained whether we might compete successfully with other nations in the exportation of wool--but our prospects in the law are I think rather brightened-- However this may be I am certain that you would not have wished your country in its late state of hazards for all the Merinos in the world--
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (draft) PUBLISHED (in Part): Life, I, 136-137.
Bridgewater April 27, 1815
When Mr. Starkweather was here Captain Ames1 was from home-- which was the reason that I could not let you know his terms of board at that time--though I omitted to mention that circumstance in my letter. I have since inquired of him and he tells me that he intends to charge at the rate of; $2.25 a week-- I began to board with him on the tenth of June 1814-- From Nov. 8 to Dec. 8 I was absent-- 2 Deducting that time therefore, there will be according to my calculation 48 weeks from the