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Jos. Nourse from mother S.F. Nourse 8/6/1784 Aug. 6. 84 My Dear Joseph Your haveing so Kindly obtain'd leave of absence for your brother John to pay us a visit during your dear fathers absence from me, gave me a pleasure on his arrival last saturday morning that I did not expect to enjoy till His return. The finding him, not only so much grown, but also so much improved, & withall his unexpected arrival raised sensations in me that I think none but a parent could experience. & then Yours & dear James's Affectionate letters, & the once more hearing from my poor Unhappy friend Mrs Fouace was no small Addition, altho these enjoyments was suceeded with the usual consiquencies on such occasions, Namely a bad head ach for two whole days after. & to prove the Old saying "that it never rains but it pores" so it happend on Satterday, for by then John had turned himself a whittle round, & I had thorougly read over the Wellcome packet. a box was bro't with the things from Mr.Le Bas from on board a ship that had arrive'd at the Dock ten days before & which we had xxx been in hourly expectation of recieving at that time; but as it contain'd (to all our dissapointments) nothing but the linnen drapery sent for, & the Invoice, the flutter of that was soon over, tho my surprise continues, that there sho'd have been no letters; & I cannot help being anxious on Mrs Fouaces account, & shall I am sure remain so, till I hear from her, xxxxxx. I have rec'd a letter form your father of the 19th Int from Frederick Town: he [stayed] but a day & a half at Gorge Town, no alarms coming in the __ day, & then went to piedmont, where he was also to return to from Frederick Town, & perhaps likewise from Hagerstown, if he met with no more Business than he did at Gorge Town. I expect he is now at Old Town, which tho it is the last place he is at present to be at on the Office business, I must not expect him, here; he tells me, till ye 20th or 21st of the Month for that sooner he cannot having Advertized to recieve Poll Sams debts ye 13 & 14, & the 17th is the court day where he wants to attend, that he may put those affairs in a train so as on one of those days to be finish'd. John is much concern'd at this delay to his fathers return, & seems inclined to stretch a point in respect of his leave of absence, But tho I am full as disirous of his staying, as he can be, & that the satisfaction of seeing him is what I must not often expect, both from his leaving his Office & the expensiveness of travilling, Yet I am unwilling he should so far incroach on xxx the present Indulgence us to stay so long without permission, which it is now both mine & his request; that you would xxxxxxxxxx be so good as to endeavour to obtain for him till about the last of the month. I am very much [faulted] I assure you from the little encouragement you give to my hopes of seeing you & your Wife this Fall, next Spring is several months off & delays may be dangerous may it not my dear Daughter Maria, however if the mountain does not mouve to Mahomet I think tis probably ( & Alas but probably) that Mahomet may mouve towards the mountain. I know not what your feel[ing]s have been my dear Joseph that you seem to think we have had but little hot weather this Summer, to mine, there has been a great deal. & Tuesday & Yesterday xxxx I think were (excepting four days the last week in June which bro't on all my weakining complaints) as distressing as any I have felt; & which as John can Jos. Nourse from S.F. Nourse 8/6/1784 page 2 tell you, has been quite too much for me, tho indeed he has seen but little of me either of the days, sarce able to bare a rag about me [or] a string to tuch me, I was not fit, or desirous that he should. Thank God A fine wind that Sprang up with a shower last evening has for the present relieved me, tho to me out of the wind, tis still very warm. 'Tis unfortunte that not withstanding a convenient Airy roomy house, my constitution is still such that I have suffer'd as much this summer as ever from its heats, & the nights as bad as the day so that I get up of a morning more dead than alive, with truth say "loathing life", & in one respect am full as bad off as which is from the muskatoes, which Obliges me to have ye windows & doors curtain'd up which makes ye room very close. add to this the house one so with bugs that we see them crawling on the floors even in the day: to me surely my Dear Joseph no one can wonder, that, suffering as I do from heat, I should be desirous to try a climate that by all accounts is more temperate, I nead not say I mean Rhode Island, both you & your good father are I know of oppinion that the difference not be much, ! granting it is not surely a few degrees of abatement, may be wish'd for, at least for a tryal. But I cannot but think both from Coll' Cornell's letter, & Messes Ellery & Howells accounts added to every person I have enquired of on the Subject, there may be more than a little. John says you Subsribe to a library, do Oblige me in reading xxxxx part of extract of Dr. Robertson's history of America, that is in ye Annual Register for 77, which I have seen lately, you will there find, tis more than possable for the Climate of an Island to be mild, tho situated in the same degree of latitude as a sultry Continent. I do not find that you have answer'd that part of your fathers letter, relating to the Question whether the Business of Mr Denning's former office, was insultory or not. He seemd to be of oppinion that it might forward a settlement at Rhode Island, as well as any thing else. & if so, ______ from compassion to my sufferings, I am sure be glad of the change. It has most graciously pleased an All merciful good Providence to have hear'd my prayer, & has made you his Instrument, xxxxx to rendor life in many points much more comfortable to me than it has been for several years past, & with Humble confidence on His power, I trust he will still make you his Agent in this fervant prayer of my heart Should the employ above mention'd be different from what your father Immagines, there may something perhaps offer, that may be in your power my dear Son to embrace, towards conducting me the haven I so earnestly wish to put in at. Mr. Morris is by all accounts a Man of so much universal philanthropy that perhaps if you could make so free as to mention my wishes & my reasons to him, he might point out something, even something in the way of trade that might not perhaps be so sedentary as the present employ. Tho Thank God your father never look'd better or even so harty these many summers as he has done this forgive my dear Joseph all this trouble & stuff from an Old woman believe me at my time of life ye changeing of abode would be very far from desiriable, only that I feel (as Lord Chesterfield) that "to be, or not to be, is of much less consequence than " to be, or not to be, well Adieu my Dear Son my most sincere Affection to your little woman, (I think I have heard you say you like that epithet), believe me Yr truly Affectionate Mother S Nourse Jos. Nourse to S.F. Nourse 8/6/1784 Page 3 [written upside down above salutation] Thanks for the remittence, it came very Apropos, for I was very near being out of Cash. This is a most extravagant place for every thing, as John will tell you
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