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he said that the publication of Governour Winthrop's Journal was to be deferred, and to be made in another form from what N. W. proposed. Morse was well received at Charlestown. They kept him preaching almost every day, and sometimes twice a day, during his short stay; and he preached three times in this town. He appears to have an improvable mind and a good heart, and I believe will wear well. He will certainly have a call at Charlestown, and they say it will be unanimous.
I have nothing new to inform you of, excepting that Jemmy Winthrop has visited Dighton Rock, and taken off the inscription more perfectly than it was ever done before. But how to translate it? Ay, there's the rub. And perhaps, if it was translated, it might prove an unmeaning scrawl. But we are in the dark in that, as well as many other points of American antiquity.
My son is no worse than when I wrote last. His swelling does not increase, and there is less appearance of a suppuration; but the stiffness remains, and the pain is sometimes very distressing. It is an occult disorder, and the doctors are at a loss about it. Mrs. B. joins in affectionate regards with, dear sir,
Your friend and servant,
Hitchborn's letter was delivered last evening. Please to despatch the enclosed as quick as possible, to let Carey know that I am not inattentive to him.
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
NEW YORK, Nov. 22, 1788. 9 at night.
MY DEAR SIR,I have received yours of 16th inst., with the one for Carey, which will go forward on Monday. With respect to the MSS., I made a pretty safe bargain; and yet much will depend on the success of
the publication as to the quickness of the pay. So that, if you can help the proprietors to some subscribers, you will eventually help me by it. This I apprehend you may do without interfering with any Boston plans; for, even should the one you have thought of be carried into effect, your papers will probably be different from mine. By agreement, I am to hand mine out in monthly portions, and in chronological order. The January Magazine, or rather Register, is to contain 24 pages of them, and as many of "Winthrop's Journal." I shall reserve "Shirley's orders to Pepperell" for you. The design of the intended publication is no secret now, having been advertised in the newspapers; but I wish you not to say any thing about what I am to have for my papers. From what I have said above about quickness, you will naturally suppose I wish you not to be too quick in setting your machine in motion. N. W. had printed 6 sheets of "Winthrop," but, upon the new plan's striking him, he thought it best to publish in the new mode; and I am told he will lose his expence so far, for his paper is not so fine as the new work is to be done upon, inter nos. When do you intend to "write your 2d Vol."? Could it be brought forth, I think it would help the sale of the 1st.
Mr. Morse has been here. He does not appear to be disappointed by what has happened among us, though I believe he would not have been displeased, had things taken a different turn in some respects.
Many a man may run his head against Dighton Rock before the meaning of the inscription on it will be known. I think Dr. Styles has set it down for Phoenician. Was not that at Cambridge a perfect transcript of the inscription? N. W. suspects, and, indeed, is "pretty sure," that you are the American Plutarch, because no man but yourself can possess sufficient materials for the purpose. He told me you were invited to be the editor of the Columbian, and to go and reside in Philadelphia for the
He said he
purpose. I asked why you did not go? supposed the salary was not sufficient. I cannot think how he has got his information, but suppose in Philadelphia. By the bye, I felt the propriety of your hint to S., not to mention that such a piece was by the same hand with such a piece, which (by the bye again) I think he has once since neglected.
I am sorry to hear that your son continues to be so much disordered. In what part is the swelling? Do you suspect any thing particular as the cause of it?
The measles have got into my family, and attacked my daughter. Thus far, the symptoms are favourable. There is something about Master Sam which seems to indicate that the disorder is on its approach towards him.* Mrs. H. will probably have her hands full. She joins me in love to yourself and Mrs. B. I am, dear sir,
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
NEW YORK, Nov. 29, 1788.
MY DEAR SIR, -In Hall's Massachusetts Gazette of January 23, 1786, is a petition from the General Court of Massachusetts to the Parliament of the Commonwealth of England, passed by the magistrates, Oct. 20, 1652. Can you inform me whether it is genuine? If not, I wish you would find out, and let me know. Perhaps Hall can tell you from whom he got it.
The intended printer of the new Magazine told me to-day the proprietors wished to have a person to write original essays, &c., for them, as they were hardly strong
* Mr. Hazard's son Samuel, born 26th May, 1784, lived to a great age, dying in Philadelphia in 1870. After devoting the early part of his life to mercantile and commercial pursuits, he began a literary career, and published many historical and statistical works. See Drake's Dict. Am. Biog. — Eds.
enough in that way, and that they would pay for them. Is your time so wholly engaged that you could not furnish about 4 pages a month? If not, perhaps I can serve you here. What terms would you engage on?
Mr. Nat. Barrett (of your town) was married last Wednesday night week to the widow of our General McDougall. They went the next day to Newark, from whence they returned last Thursday evening. Appearances are in favour of its being a happy match. She made the General a good wife, and it is said Mr. B. was a good husband. We are all much as when I wrote you last. How is your son? The paper has been sent to Carey. You once mentioned to me a collection of Boston newspapers, which some bookbinder (I think) had to sell, at 10s. per vol. Are they to be disposed of yet? What years are they for? and by whom printed? Have you almost done with De la Vega? But it is almost 11 o'clock. Mrs. H. is gone to bed, and I must go too. Love to Mrs. B., from
P. S. How much did it cost the Commonwealth to remove stiff Greenleaf?!!!
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 1788.
MY DEAR SIR, I think the Charlestown folks have done wisely, and that in Mr. Morse they will find all they wish for in a minister. As far as I can learn, he means to accept the invitation, upon which I congratulate you, for you will find him a valuable neighbour. We are pretty peaceable, though some of our people find it hard to part with Mr. Morse. He has gained much of our
* William Greenleaf, sheriff of Worcester County, who was impeached and removed from office. - EDS.
esteem. We have no other person in particular in view at present, and the Synod have appointed supplies for us 'til May. There is, nevertheless, so much of “an opening among us that, if any gentleman comes this way, Dr. Rodgers can give him a chance of being heard. He will not be paid for preaching, because our funds are not sufficient for paying so many; but his board will cost him nothing while here, and perhaps the useful knowledge he might obtain by travelling this way would be a compensation for his travelling expences.
The federal building is under cover, and I suppose is the largest and most elegant building on the Continent. You can have no idea of the change which seven weeks. have made in the City Hall and its vicinity; you must come, and see for yourself.
Our daughter has recovered from the measles. Sam and his nurse are in the heighth of them. We have been obliged to get an assistant; and yet Mrs. H. has her full share of fatigue. How amazingly peevish the measles make the sick folks! Love, as usual.
HAZARD TO BELKNAP.
NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 1788.
MY DEAR SIR,I wrote you a letter, to go by last post; but, upon my boy's carrying it to the office, he was informed the post was gone. You will probably receive it with this. Mr. Morse will go to Charlestown.
The Columbian accompanies this. The last Note to Correspondents is for the Monarch, who seems to be dethroned with respect to Soto.
We have nothing new. Love to Mrs. B.
Yours, in haste,