To Sarah Savage Thatcher

    Philadelphia        19 February 1794

    Yesterday, for the first time this Session I was at the Presidents Levee; & the last evening I spent at Mr. Brecks & sup[p]ed in a pretty large company1—among whom were Genl. [Peleg] Wadsworth, [Henry] Dearborn, [Rufus] King, [Fisher] Ames & [Christopher] Gore. Mr. Gore enquired particularly after you & said that Mrs. [Rebecca Amory Payne] Gore had frequently told him she was almost affronted at us for not calling to seem them last summer, or leting her know that we were at Boston—for she had heard, & till I told him to the contrary, they both believed we made a visit to Boston in the summer—

    Mr. Gore informed me that our Father was married about the time he left home2—I had before heard of his being published3 in a Letter from brother Joseph [Savage]—And about ten days ago I wrote him & inclosed a Letter I lately recieved from brother William [Savage]—In my Letter I congratulated him on his re-marriage, supposing it would take place before my Letter reached him—And I took care to present my dutifull respects to our new mother, & engaged to visit them the ensuing summer if your health & circumstances would permit—

    I have recieved Mr. [Benjamin] Haseys Letter wrote Feby. first, by your special command—And from his account of you I hope by the time this reaches you, you will have fully recovered.4 But let me caution you against going abroad too soon—I know you will be in a hurry to visit aunt [Mehitable Bangs] Cobb, before the Sleighing is broke up, & m[a]y therefore be induced to venture out sooner than you otherwise would—You had better be reconciled to your house a little too long, that is, longer than is absolutely necessary for your recovery, than venture out one day too soon—

    You must excuse me for once more saying take care of your fires—for almost every day I see accounts in the papers of dwelling houses being consumed by fire—& in most of them children have been burnt—And you know how much my fears make me suffer on this account—no scene of woe is so distressing to me as that of a little helpless child being consumed by fire, in sight of the mother or father!

    I am in pretty good health & spirits; tho I suspect I have had a touch of the Jaundice—my old complaint of a burning, & rising in the stomach & Throat had, some time ago, got to such a degree as to induce me to apply to a physician—I took physic, & other medicines—which I think have given releaf—But I am inclined to believe my greatest help is from drinking cyder three [or] four times a day on an empty stomach—first puting a hot iron into it—

    Another circumstance not a little pleasing is, that I look upon our Session more than half gone, & shall soon look forward to some day of return home—

    I intended by this mail to have wrote to Phillips—I have two of his Letters unanswered—But tell him he must not be very punctual on this point—It is well enough for Ladies to enquire who wrote last, or made the last visit—but when young Gentlemen write to their Fathers they must wave all such difficulties—

    I am, my dear, yours

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    ALS, TFP