To Sarah Savage Thatcher

    Boston        14 November 1820

    My dear—

    I have the pleasure of informing you that we finished our Court Business at Cambridge [Massachusetts] this afternoon; & I shall have little or nothing to call me from home till January except the curiosity of seeing and hearing the proceedings of the Convention which will convene in this Town to morrow at twelve oClock1—And as I want to see the begining & formation of the Convention I shall not leave this place till fryday or saturday—when you may expect me.

    Mr. Wild is expected in Town this evening,2 and by him I hope to hear that you are well & happy; and looking out for me to come home & return with me to this place for a week or two, which I propose to do on monday3

    Mr. Biglow puts in his claim on us for a visit while the Convention is seting4—And I am of that easy disposition which leads me to engage to every body who is so polite as to invite me to visit them—This brings to mind how we used to smile at our poor Lucys invited invitations—What a charming child she was—But she is gone the way of all the earth,5 & we shall soon follow her to the Grave—

    I hope Elizabeth [Haven Wardrobe?] has some how or other got with you—I think you was to write her to that effect—

    I have had no letters from our eastern friends since I left you—A few minutes ago I met Captain Hartley in the Street.6 He told me all our friends & acquaintance were well; he left home on fryday. Mr. Calef7 & Mr. Maxwell are in Town; I shall endeavour to see them. Mr. [Abner] Sawyers little Catherine Lucy is declining fast8—its life is dispared of—On this account I am satisfied at being out of visiting distance to that place that I need not suffer the pangs of our dear Lucys second death—When Mr. Adams little child was buried, I resolved in my own mind, if in the course of providence any of our grand children should die before I did, I would not attend their funerals—To attend the funerals does the deceased no good, the friends know I am not wanting in affection, & it is the source of inexpressable distress to me—

    I have enjoyed pretty good health since I left Newbury Port—but continue to grow old, & the pains and achs of old age imperceptibly increase upon me—

    I expect a little to have a few lines from you by Mr. Wilde—Tho as you are daily expecting my return I shall not be much disappointed if I have none.

    Yours most affectionately

    [P.S.] Mr. Davis & the young Ladies send their respects & love9—& promise themselves much pleasure in your visit—

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    ALS, TFP. Addressed to Newburyport, Massachusetts, “At Mr. Charles Hodges”; postmarked. Charles Hodge was a merchant of the town, whose house at 124 High Street (built before 1814) still stands.