They Expect Too Much of Me

To Jane Mecom DEAR SISTER, New York, May 30, 1757. I have before me yours of the 9th and 16th instant: I am glad you have resolved to visit sister Dowse oftener; it will be a great comfort to her, to find she is not neglected by you, and your example may, perhaps, be followed …

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Old Folks and Old Trees


To Jane Mecom Dear Sister New York, April 19. 1757 I wrote a few Lines to you yesterday, but omitted to answer yours relating to Sister Douse: As having their own Way, is one of the greatest Comforts of Life, to old People, I think their Friends should endeavour to accommodate them in that, as …

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Heat and Cold

To John Lining Sir, New-York, April 14. 1757. It is a long Time since I had the Pleasure of a Line from you. And indeed the Troubles of our Country, with the Hurry of Business, I have been engag’d in on that Account, have made me so bad a Correspondent, that I ought not to …

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We Are Spirits


To Elizabeth Hubbart DEAR CHILD, PHILADELPHIA, February 22, 1756. I condole with you, we have lost a most dear and valuable relation, but it is the will of God and Nature that these mortal bodies be laid aside, when the soul is to enter into real life; ’tis rather an embrio state, a preparation for …

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The Quantity of Human Ignorance

To William Shipley Philada. Nov. 27. 1755. I have just received your very obliging Favour of the 13th. September last; and as this Ship sails immediately, have little more time than to thank you cordially for communicating to me the Papers relating to your most laudable Undertaking, and to assure you, that I should esteem …

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