--To be serious. All cannot receive the same [saying?]-- With respect to marriage it seems to me that we must [collect?] our duty from the circumstances of our lives-- Expedience, convenience, inclination, opinion may be permitted to guide our conduct in this respect-- The Apostle of the Gentiles discoursing on this subject, and holding the balance between a single and a married life could derive no casting weight from revelation to determine the dispute but he threw into the scale of celibacy the opinion of one who knew much of human life and human nature-- 3 Others, perhaps with equal opportunities of judging correctly have thought differently-- Who shall decide when doctors disagree? And soundest casuists doubt like you and me? 4
You desire me to give my opinion on the present pacifick condition of the European powers--of the vast and increasing efforts made for the purpose [of] Christ'izing the world and the part which it is the duty of you and me to take in regard to these exertions-- You have imposed on me a task beyond my abilities-- I cannot however believe that the peace of Europe will be materially disturbed for some years at least still less for centuries to come and I pray God never that the destructive and wasting contest. . . .
MANUSCRIPT: NYPL-GR (incomplete draft).
[Great Barrington] 20 June 1818
Yours of the 11th instant I received on the 13th 1 by my uncle, 2 whom I had little time to see, as I was then just setting off to attend a court in Sheffield. I am obliged to you for the concern you express respecting my health. It has been considerably improved by my journey to New York. I was absent a fortnight; we were three days coming up the river, beating up one day and night against a furious head-wind, during most of which time I was obliged to lie flat on my back in my births 3 to prevent sea-sickness, of which I felt some qualms. While in New York I kept running about continually, and this constant exercise, together with being rocked and tumbled about in the vessel, operated on me as a restorative, and since my return my pain in the side and night-sweats have left me. 4 I believe my affairs will not permit my visiting Cummington at present. My several absences of late render it proper that I should now