To Sarah Savage Thatcher

    Philadelphia        15 November 1792

    My dear—

    This is to answer yours. that I expect to recieve by the mail that will arrive tomorrow—And to tell you that if I am then disappointed I shall fear that you or some of the are unwell—for I have been very much disturbed by frightfull dreams of all kinds—I almost every night see somebody drowned, fall from an house—And but two nights ago I saw you attempting to ride on horse-back; & to my great distress you fell off & was much hurt by the fall & by the kick of the horse—Last night I was waked by the sighs of a woman that I pulled out of a rapid river just as she was sinking—

    To tell you how much I want to see the children, especially Lucy Savage, is quite impossible—is she as good a child as when I left her? does she wake in the morning by kicking & laughing before she can get her eyes open? Do Phillips & Sally attend to their school, & has poor George recovered from his illness?

    There are a thousand more questions I want to ask; but I am now called to dinner, <illegible>. I will inclose you ten dollars, recommend prudence & subscribe myself your most affectionate husband

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    ALS, TFP. Addressed to Biddeford; franked; postmarked.