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Callender's Engraving does not strike me as agreeably as the device for the Society's Seal.* Apropos, did you ever attend to the device of the Connecticut arms, -a vine supported; the motto, Qui transtulit sustinet? It is a beautiful allusion to the vine mentioned in the 80th psalm, and I think excells, both in simplicity and piety.
Your map was sent on some time ago. Spotswood is in this city, and confines himself entirely to printing. From his making so little noise that I heard nothing of him till I made particular enquiry, I suspect he does little even at that.
By this time you know more of Mr. Green, and I think I may venture to say are pleased with him. What have you Yankees done to him? Whenever he mentions you, it is with rapture.
I will pay particular attention to Mr. Walcutt's request, and do all I can to serve him.
Now for Robert. In ruminating upon the business, I recollected, "Perfervidum est Scotorum ingenium," and Solomon's "Leave off contention before it be meddled with," and "A soft answer turneth away wrath;" so I concluded it was best to do the business peaceably. Accordingly, I went to work in that way, paid him the money (by the bye, you lost 2s. 9d. in the weight of the gold), and told him I was sorry he had written you an angry letter. He said he had; that he was much pinched for money, and had not "sought" any from you for two years, and he must look for it where it was due to him. I replied that you were as anxious to pay it as he was to receive it, but had not been able. However, you were now going on with your book, and hoped to send more soon. We parted good friends, without saying a word about either note or interest. Enclosed is his receipt.
* Joseph Callender engraved the seal for the Society established in Massachusetts for Propagating the Gospel among the Indians and Others in North America, from a design made by the artist Gullager. - Eds.
I have not applied to Carey yet, because he asked me to lend him 100 dollars the day before I received your order.
I sent you 25 rheams paper by Hopkins, but had not time to write. What I have sent amounts to £112 1 6 Your money received, 129 11 3
BELKNAP TO HAZARD.
17 9 9
which will not be enough for the 30 rheams yet to be sent.
Mrs. Hazard and two of the children are at Shrewsbury. We who are at home are well. With love to Mrs. Belknap, I am, dear sir,
This is to go by Dr. Clarkson's eldest son.
BOSTON, September 28, 1791.
DEAR SIR, After having in vain tried to get a bill payable in Philadelphia, I yesterday packed up six Joes,* and inclosed them in a letter for you; and, knowing that Dr. Adams, the Vice-president, intends to set off for Philadelphia on Monday next, I have asked the favour of him to take charge of this small matter for you. I suppose he will entrust it to his wife, who is major domo, steward, and cashier; and, to save madam the trouble of delivering the letter, I take this method of asking the favour of you to call or send to his house on his arrival in your city. He tells me he has taken a house in the city, because he thinks it more wholesome than his late situation, which exposed his family to the ague, of which he is now scarcely recovered himself.
* Johannes, a Portuguese gold coin of the value of about $8, contracted into Joe, or Jo as Dr. Belknap sometimes spells it. It is named from the figure of King John which it bore. - Eps.
My daughter resides at Braintree, and is, I hope, growing better. One of the greatest blessings in life is "Mens sana in corpore sano." That you and yours may enjoy this happiness is the wish of
Your sincere and obliged friend,
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
PHILADELPHIA, October 13, 1791.
MY DEAR SIR, -Owing to a variety of causes, I have been obliged to be silent for some time past, though letters from my friends have been pleasing proofs of their remembrance of me. One cause of my not writing to you was that I daily hoped to receive the information Mr. Walcutt wanted, as I had applied to a gentleman who promised to furnish me with it. He disappointed me for a long time, and it is but within a few days past that I received from him the directory which I now enclose, and which he gave me, expecting one of Fleet's in return. Another reason of my silence was a severe attack of the pain in my right eye, which confined me to the house for a fortnight, and obliges me even yet to treat my eyes with tenderness. In consequence of this disorder, I have thought it adviseable to cut off my hair and wear a wig (not such an one as President Willard's), which I find beneficial. I believe I hurt my eye by poring too attentively over proof-sheets, which I have been obliged to decline for some weeks, and began again but yesterday. After I paid for your fourth box of paper, Beeking informed me that his stuff was used up; and he hardly thought it possible for him to furnish the remaining 30 rheams, but knew a man who could, and, if I chose, would speak to him about it. After some parleying, I thought I could not do better than to agree to his proposal, provided he would lend the man his moulds, and
the paper should be equally good with his own. paper has been in my possession, I suppose, a month, made in Beeking's moulds, but not quite equal to his. As I was not in the office when it was left, I did not pay for it; and he has but lately called for the money. I objected against paying full price, and shewed him the paper, which he allowed was not equal to his own. I offered to pay 20s.; but, as it was for another person, he thought it best not to receive it, but would tell his neighbour he must take that price or take the paper back. I have not heard from him since, and am afraid to send the paper off lest he should demand full price. I hope you have paper enough to go on for the present, and that I shall save you a half Jo, without putting you to inconvenience. The 20 copies of your 1st and 2d volumes came safe to hand. The captain charged a great freight for them. The two bundles, for the President and Mr. Morris, I left at their houses.
As a number of people purchased the first volume who would probably wish for the second, would it not be well to send some spare copies of the latter? I have one of the former, which must have a mate, and then will probably pay Scotland a visit. Several of your subscribers have been informed of the arrival of the books, but have not called for them yet. I believe I must put a small advertisement in the paper, and try what I can do in the selling way. The best time will be about the meeting of Congress. When Mrs. Vice-president arrives, she shall be waited on. Mrs. H. and family are well, but she has had rather a fatiguing time lately. Cornelia and her husband were at our house last Sunday afternoon, to drink tea. He was seized with a violent convulsion fit, and was confined 'til next afternoon, when he was removed to his father's. That morning (Monday) Mrs. H.'s attention was demanded in another way. We had an addition made to our family. Our Dutch servant boy and girl (whom
you may recollect) had been trying their hands at kinder making; and really they succeeded very well, for Miss has as fine a son as anybody need wish for.
Cornelia's husband has pretty well recovered, but I fear will never be an healthy man.
Dobson goes on very well with my book. He has persuaded me not to publish any till I have a volume printed, so as to be able to supply the European market without running the risque of being printed upon. I think it probable we shall have a volume done in about 6 or 8 weeks.
I hope your daughter will be in better health by the time this reaches you than she was when you wrote last.
Mrs. Hazard and Miss Breese (now at our house) join me in love to Mrs. Belknap and yourself. I am, my dear sir,
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
PHILADELPHIA, November 1, 1791.
MY DEAR SIR, -I hope my last has satisfied you that the paper was not detained because I had not received money from you. Since that, I have settled with the paper-maker at 20s. per rheam, as you will see by the enclosed receipt. By this we have saved £3. The paper, I think, is not so different from the other as to be observed by people in general; but, as it was not in fact so good, it was not worth an equal price. I have spoken to a carpenter about boxes, and shall send the 30 rheams by an early conveyance. Mrs. V. P. has arrived, but I have not yet called for the 48 dollars: as I am in no hurry, let her get over her fatigue. I do not think the Vice President's late situation was an healthy one. He is now better fixed on that account, at the corner of 4th and Arch Streets.