To Sarah Savage Thatcher

    Philadelphia        24 April 1798

    My dear

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    In a former Letter you take notice of a Letter directed to Mrs. [Sally Foster] Otis being in the magazine sent to Nancy, & wonder how it got there—This is as much a mystery to Mr. [Harrison Gray] Otis & myself as it was to you—Nor can we account for it any other way than by supposing, as we set [be]side each other in the Hall & write at the same Table, the Letter some how got into the leaves of the magazine without being discovered when I inclosed it—

    I propose geting at Boston a metross bed—chairs for one seting room, & two looking Glasses for the new one, & a small one for the Room over the Dairy—Beyond this my finances will not permit me to go—For I have yet to pay one hundred & sixty or seventy dollars to Mrs. Googins for the Land back of the office—I have bought here about twenty eight yards of sheeting—which must answer for this year

    I had a Letter some days ago from your Brother William [Savage], dated the 10th march. He & family were all well. He had heard of the death of your Father; & recommended an immediate sale of the real estate belonging to the Children—

    You may expect me at home in all May, or very early in June—Public affairs are taking a favourable turn, that promise an end to the present Session—Many members have asked leave of absence & I believe, if not unexpected event turns up, that three weeks will let us all out.

    My wishes to take our dear little Anner Lewis into my arms are stronger than I can express—And all the children are very dear to me—

    Inclosed is a five dollar bill—from your


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    ALS, TFP. The omitted text reassures Sarah that the relatively high price she had recently paid for corn was a secondary consideration: “six pence or a shilling, more or less in a bushell, is not an object in procuring the substantials of Life.”