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out with medical prescriptions, with little prospect of a cure, she has at length applied to a woman from whose experience in such disorders we hope for more success. We cordially salute yourself and Mrs. B. Adieu. Your friend,
P. S. This was to have been sent by Mr. Wingate; but I mistook the contents of his note, which, upon a second reading, I find mentions that he is to leave town this, instead of to-morrow, morning.
My house is No. 145 Mulberry (Arch) Street. Our office is 119 South Front Street.
BELKNAP TO HAZARD.
Boston, March 20,1793.
My Dear Sir, — Your favour of the 2d inst. was brought, I believe, by Mr. George Thatcher. It arrived seasonably, though you missed sending it by Mr. Wingate, who was so fatigued by his journey that he did not call to see me; and, as I happened to preach at Dorchester (Mattapan) on the Sunday that he was in town, I did not see him at all. I rejoice that the Secretary has baffled his opponents. I think him an extraordinary man, and this is a grand stroke in his character.
I have a large bundle of Dr. Colman's papers, which I have not had time to examine; but, if there should be any thing more relative to the Presbyterian Church, I will communicate it. By this vessel, Eames, I send a parcel of my novel, as it is here called, and a few more Century Discourses. Some of each I wish may be put into the hands of William Spotswood for sale, if he pleases to take them. I have written him a letter, and set the prices to him; viz., 5 dollars per dozen for the Discourses, and 3$. 4d. (half a crown) for the Foresters. The former are sold here, at retail, for 3s.; the latter, 3s. 9c?., in blue boards. Spotswood is the only one of the old proprietors of the Columbian Magazine in whose correspondence I had any pleasure. I think him a clever fellow.*
Please to give Cornelia one of the Foresters in my name, and accompanied with my affectionate regards.
We are still uncertain whether Louis XVI. is Louis Capet or Louis sine capite; but I hope, if he is yet living, he will not be put to death by the sanguinary faction.
As vessels are now frequently passing, I hope to hear from you often. No more of your 1st volume are yet sold than when I sent the account, nor have I yet received the pay for the three that Mr. White sold. As this gentleman is going to England this spring, I shall get Mr. David West to take some of your books into his shop, No. 36 Marlboro Street, near the Secretary's office, which *you well know. When you send the 2d volume, I think it will be well to send a printed circular billet to subscribers for the 1st, which I will distribute to all of them; and perhaps some who did not regard my advertisement, sent as aforesaid, may treat yours with more respect. Dr. Brown, of Halifax, has written to me for the character of the book. I expect he will send for one.
I am sorry to hear that Mrs. Hazard continues confined. Mrs. B. is this day going to ride, for the first time. She joins in cordial salutations to yourself and Mrs. H., with, dear sir,
Yours affectionately, Jeke. Belknap.
Please to let my History of New Hampshire, Century Discourse, and the Foresters, be duly advertised to be sold by Dobson and Spotswood. Should any more of either be wanted, please to give me the earliest information.
* A number of the letters of William Spotswood are among Dr. Belknap's miscellaneous correspondence.—Eds.
The paper relative to the boundary between Massachusetts and Plymouth Colonies is on file in the Historical Society. Mr. John Davis, who succeeds Cotton as keeper of the Old Colony Records, is one of our members, and a very good one. If Scotus has a mind to take any of the books for sale, you may let him have them at the same price with Spotswood.
Sent by the Abby, sloop, Captain Eames, March 20th, 1793,1 dozen Century Discourses, at 2s. 6d, $5; 2 dozen Foresters, at 3s. 4d., $13.33.
BELKNAP TO HAZARD.
Boston, 23d March, 1793.
Dear Sir, — I shipped some books for you by a vessell which sailed, I suppose, yesterday. Enclosed is the receipt, which I send by General Lincoln, who told me he was about setting off for Philadelphia to receive his orders from the President of United States relative to the Treaty with the Indians, which I wish may be successful.
We have had a great bluster here about liberty and equality; and, as a specimen how far our tradesmen are advanced in this science, I will give you an anecdote, with which you may make Judge Breese laugh, when you see him.
One of our 6 per cent fortune-makers, who was formerly a tailor, met a blacksmith in the Long Wharf, who presented him with his bill for sundries. The ci-devant tailor was very much affronted, and began to scold at the blacksmith for interrupting him in his business, and dunning him in so public a place. The smith, in the true style of equality, replied, "Come, come, citizen pricklouse, do not give yourself such airs as these! It was but
t'other day that you was glad to measure my a for a
pair of breeches."
Mrs. B. is so far recovered as to ride out, and seems to be very comfortable. I hope this will find Mrs. H. on her legs again. My best regards to her.
Your friend, Jere. Belknap,
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
Philadelphia, April 6, 1793.
Dear Sir, -*-1 have yours of 2d, 20th, and 23d ultimo. In answer to your enquiries about Dunlap's paper, it was begun before the war, I think in 1772, but not continued during the war. I have asked D. if a complete set can be procured. His reply was that he did not think there was a complete set for sale in the world. The price is a half Jo. (48s. lawful) per annum. It is a daily paper. If the Society wish to have it, I will receive and forward it. I have, in my collection, a sett which is pretty regular, from the beginning to within a few years of this time; but, on account of my books being packed up, I cannot give you an exact account of it. Owing to irregularity in conveyance, and other causes, there is here and there a paper missing; but, upon the whole, it is tolerably complete. It was my intention to dispose of all my newspapers (about 100 volumes) together, and I have partly promised a gentleman the refusal of them; but, if the Society wish to have Dunlap's as far as they go (and perhaps I may be able to collect the others for them), I will let them have them at the same price I ask for the whole together, — viz., 50s. this currency (6| dollars), per volume. The early volumes contain, I think, three years' papers each, and the later ones (since it has been a daily paper) half a year. The volumes are half bound, and some of them cost me more than I ask for them. I would give them to the Society, but can't afford it. Mr. D. will not do as you tell me Mr. Fenno does.
Dr. Barton has presented the Memoir you mention. I was not at that meeting of the Society; but the Doctor mentioned it to me afterwards, and promised me he would send you a copy of the Memoir. He differs from you in opinion about the Honey Bee.
I received the "Novels" and "Century Discourses" by Eames, and Spotswood informs me he will take some for sale. He mentioned that they had been in town some time, some having been sent here by Thomas.
Poor Louis is undoubtedly " sine capite," and
. . . Between April 6th and July 27th, there must be an hiatus, for I have not this day a recollection of what I intended to say more on that.
As you love antiquities, I send you the foregoing. Dunlap's publication commenced in October, 1773. Dr. Barton has given me a copy of his Memoir for you, which I send herewith. I delivered some Foresters and Century Discourses to Spotswood. It is probable that you have heard from him before now.
I feel ashamed that our correspondence has been so long interrupted; but, were you to see my situation, you would not be surprized at it. I am seldom with my family, except at meal-times and while I am asleep, and frequently do not leave the office before 9 at night. Perhaps I perform works of supererogation, but it seems to be necessary at present. If business continues to encrease as it has done, assistance will be necessary.
The printing of my 2d volume has been finished, I believe, two months; and the publication is retarded only by the want of an index. This I have been engaged in, and am yet; but, as I can work at it only before breakfast, and there is great variety in the Records of the United