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Letter from Rebecca Gratz to Maria Fenno Hoffman, dated Jan 11, 1807

Letter from Rebecca Gratz to Maria Fenno Hoffman

Letter from Rebecca Gratz to Maria Fenno Hoffman, dated Jan 11, 1807

Philadelphia, January 11, 1807

How perfectly did I again recognize my dear Friend in her affectionate letter, and greatfully my love, so does my heart decifer --- all your good. Kind wishes, you are happy and to pray that heaven may continue to you the blessing you ---- is all that your friends need and that the fortunes of years may still keep face with the ---- of you hopes and wishes ----- your beloved children is perhaps all that an affection wish Maria, and yet think not I ask for are enjoyment more than she merits, even wishing in the ages scales in which poor -----------.

I had really begun to feel quite --- under you long silence, but am sorry to find you had such a good cause for it. I hope your chidlren are fully recovered. I am delighted to hear sweet Elisa inherits your whim of loving Becky Gratz. Encourage the little innocent in immitating her mother in every aspect and it will not be difficult to make her, the very thing you wish her to be bye and bye.

We have been entertaining to day and charming girl—from Mrs. Guland’s boarding school. Miss Caton with E Nicholas joined one family party the latter seems affected by a sympathetic values. I never saw him look more gloomy than with in the last visit which however he attributed to the feverish affect of a cold—sister Hays for the first time this winter --- they spent a day with us—her children and --- have considerably been sick, but I now hope her short visit to

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our city is not so gay as yours, we have not had one private dance yet—but tea parties, without encounter we have been at three within the last week, but not such as now to give such a terrible name to Phil.—tea parties—they are more sociable and of course more pleasant—our theater too is much imporved. We have admirable players and it has become the most fashionable and agreable place of amusement—you will scoff at the tardiness of our gentlemen when I tell you that they have just called the first meeeting of chosen managers for the city assembly, but such things are not so much in importance to me, as they used to be, and --- to accompany some stanger or other, I do not think I shall go to an assembly this winter—the Cotllion parties are much better suited to my taste.

distinguished rememberance of me, and I beg you will request Elisa to appease her of any grateful acknowledgement—to be though well of by Philadelphia—I consider a high accomplishement and than be very happy on some fututre occasion to endeavor to describe it—by my dear Maria—do not think my vanity and keep face with the extravagance of your New York ---- who is he may be—that seems to have been coming over fine speeches, which perhaps common snese told him could not ber offered discretely to any Lady’s ear withought danger of offending her and therefore whether than looses them quite I took the opportunity you mention of saying them for me, tho I may be—he scarecely knows me- for if her did -his sinceriity would have been bushed at it.

The kind things you say are still flattering, but all women love to be flattered in some way or other—and such words

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from you are sweeter than honey ---------- the honey comb—it is what Moore calles "a smile from the head that is dearly our own." I wrote lately to my dear Harriet but I fear she will not tell me I was welcome to do so—she will however accept my affectionate love, at last she least she ought to for it is sincerely felt—tell dear Elisa, Ann + Matilda, we talk of them every day and love them most cordially—I hope Amm will recover her bloom and cheerfully and be as happy as she is lovely.

To what is the matter with your favoourite Washington, I (rip) be was depicted and in bad health—does he find (rip) + let the green and yellow melancholy play on his cheek? Or is the (rip)- fell + lucking cherry—which is said to make (rip) in your climate undermining his consitution. I should (rip) among his commeneting frineds if any serious calamity (rip) but as short—generally makes bad, work. I hope it hers (rip) to do in their insistence.

Poor Malbone’s death, has also been (rip). I pray it --- not be true, but his long illness, gives (rip) to it that I fear to enquire, lest it be confinmed deyond doubt—what a loss, such talents so early cropt would be to his country, to his family, his private worth was above all estimations—yet and it is the general doom—all must be to submit—

My mother, Sally and Rachel send you their affection and love, in which all my brothers write—to write their ------- would take all my paper we all wish to see you here again, when does your husband’s business give him the opportunity of bringing you here? He talked of a Baltimore jaunt I wish he would hasten it—give my love to him and I pray you my dear Maria, wrtite more freqeuently to one who is always, most ---- fondly yours—

Rebecca G

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