To Sarah Savage Thatcher

    Philadelphia        6 March 1800

    My dear

    Yesterday I recieved yours of the 23d February; also one from Phillips dated about the same time; He expresses himself to be very well contented with his situation, which I consider an important point in his seting out1—Attention to his business with a wish to give satisfaction will never fail of its effect—As to the quantity of Business he has to do, I hope it will increase—perhaps, just at this time, while Mr. [George] Peirson is engaged in building a large Ship it will take most of the property out of his Store, & occasion some embarrassment for a little while; but I trust he will by & by regain his custom & considerably extend his trade—

    Mr. [Peleg] Wadsworth read me part of a Letter from his daughter Zilpha, last evening.2 She gives an account of a visit she had made you, in very flattering terms—Her conclusion of my happiness, when in the midst of the family, duly appretiated my expectation—

    I shall write to Sally now and then—but not very frequent—I have no great opinion of encouraging & cherishing to a high degree a literary taste in Girls—The common prospect of Girls is that of being obliged to contribute by labour in social concert with their husbands, if they ever get married, to support themselves and families—And if they do not find husbands a high literary taste without fortune to render them independent will be attended with more pains than pleasures—I love our children, & especially the Girls, & my wish is to educate them to be very usefull women & profitable wives should they be married—

    I would say more, but the post boy calls for this Letter

    Yours &c

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