To Sarah Savage Thatcher

    Philadelphia        19-20 November 1794

    My dear Sally—

    Since I wrote you this morning the President has delivered one of the most animating, firm & manly speeches I ever heard from him or any other person1—tho he read, he made use of much more motion than has been usual for him on like occasions—He felt what he said—He recounted the whole of his conduct & motives in calling out the militia during the recess of Congress to suppress the insurrection in the western part of Pennsylvania—And then very pathetically addressed us—“having now faithfully discharged the duty I owe to my Country, I throw myself, Gentlemen, on you & the people by whom you are elected for support”—I felt a strange mixture of passions that I cannot discribe, tears started into my eyes, & it was with difficulty I could suppress an involuntary effort to swear that I would support him—

    Thursday 20th. Novr—The mail came in this morning but brought me no Letter except a very short one from Judge [David] Sewall on Business, which contains one line by way of post-script informing me that there will probably be no Representative chose for York District at the first time of giving in the votes2

    This, if I recollect, is Thanksgiving day throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts—a day never mentioned but it calls up a thousand agreeable ideas in my mind—ideas that were strongly impressed from my earliest infancy. It is a custom to keep one day a year in this manner as ancient as the first setling of the Country, & I should be glad to keep it up in all its original purity—It is now about half after one or two oClock, And if you are not invited to dine at friend [Matthew] Cobbs, I imagine you with all our dear children are seting around the Table at dinner—& I think I can hear them drink their pappa’s health—

    I wish I could have been with you—However if we live, probably, the next thanksgiving we shall all keep together—I dine to day with the President of the U. States3

    I have not seen a Portland paper since I left home, & cannot account for their not reaching me, as I gave particular directions to Mr. Waite to forward his paper to me, & have lately wrote him on that subject—I hope they have come regularly to you both Mr. Waites & Mr. Titcombs4—And I request you to be very carefull in geting & keeping them—Dont let one be lost—And if any time none is sent to you pray request Mr. [Benjamin] Hooper to get you one—

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    yours. most affectionately—

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    ALS, TFP. Begun at 1 p.m. The omitted text, dated 22 November, relates to the payment of household expenses.