If my pen has been silent, my dear sister, my heart has not
been wanting in tender congratulations, upon the pleasing occasion of the safety
& in affectionate participation in the arrival of our dear little Anna,
tho' the account was not unmix'd with kind concern,for thy health, which
I ardently hope err this is fully restored, & that the sweet source of thy
past painful moments contributes largely now to thy amusement & joy.
could thy sisters join thee, in the more arduous part of taking care of the
dear little pledge, it wou'd be a great gratification to them, but that
pleasure is deny'd them, & they must^ silently acquiece with their
destiny; my good brother need not be under any apprehension in regard
to the name. I am far from expecting mine to be given, to any of
the little progeny, & should be much less desirous^ than even I now am.
If I possess'd the belief that the propertys of the person cou'd convey'd
with or was entail'd upon it. May the sweet little creature ever
retain their innocence, & prove indeed a blessing to you both. When
little & helpless infancy
I recollect their ^endearing actions, ^ it awakens the solicitude & increases
the tenderness of an affectionate aunt whose desires is not in the least aba-
-ated, that their steps may be directed aright, while inhabitants of this
transitory scene but very few are favour'd to walk uprightly thro'
^succession of years without making very many deviations, & so
great is our frailty that we have hardly reason to expect
unless peculiarly favour'd with the care of heaven.
I have wrote my dear a miserable scrawl. Cousin James &
H Meriturn present, their sociability has often interrupted me, thee can
make I doubt not every allowance for it & will I hope accept it in the
love that it is, as that is the only recommendation my letters can boast-
Jay Harris call'd upon us today, he yesterday attended his brothers wedding, there
was a considerable number of guests, M Robinson had an invitation & comply'd
therewith; the parties I believe perform'd their parts very well. Pelg & Katy
made a pretty appearance, the meeting was very large, & held in the great part.
the day was very pleasant, mama & cousin Thurston were overseers, they had too a
pretty large number~ its bedtime, Hannah hurrys me & I must bid thee adieu