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Morrisania Aprill 22d. 1730 (To John Morris)
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It happens to be a time when your Sisters are all at york; I should say were, for betty and peggy came home last night in trynties wagon...

The girles Say they'll be at home tomorrow. I'll dispatch your house keeprs. as soon as I can and hope not to be long after them if I do not come wth. them, but think in the meantime your Shirt tablecloth would be better for a napkin and more Serviceable, but you'll be better provided for in A little time by my Good Child your affectionate father Lewis Morris Your mother [sends you] her hearty blessing. Morrisania May 25th. 1730 (To John Morris)
book1 p383
...Obliged to conclude without Saying many things that I would thank Nancy for my letter pray do you & then write by all opportunities. I wish Arabella would do so too. You all have your mother's blessing And that of your affectionate father Lewis Morris

Morrisania Novembr. 3d. 17[32] (To John Morris)
Your mother and peggy are well Betty at York I heare not well being hurt by A fall from a chair. Lewis has A great cold and a lingring Slow feaver. He was here an hower Agoe & has besides yet. a grumbling in the Gizzard wch. they Say is difficult to be cured either in or out of Assembly. Besides the diversion of horse racing the Other day there was that of catching a Pigg wth. a Soap'd taile wch. I am told his Excellency assisted at wth. so much Vigor & Speed that he Demonstrated more youth than his yeares Promised. But the Spirrits of little men [hearty?] Confind in a narrow Compasse makes the body more agile.

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Decemb. 20. 1733 Morrisania (To John Morris)
book2 p74
...Remember me Kindly to your Sister Nancy. Your mother joines in blessing to you both. I heare yt. Mrs. Kearny is with you. I hope She is like to grow better with all that air and Water. Poor bell has been Verry ill and is growing better. All our folks are Well in Virginia. I have not one line from Norris or affy by the last Shipps. I wish Norris be well. Give my humble Service to Mr. Forbes if wth. you. I'm afraid he'll grow weary of the Company that part of the Country affords.

...I want my Tacitus much but ran no hassard in Sending or it nor do not lend it on any Account to any body whatever for I know that country too well to lend bookes in it. Yt. is not a book fit to come into A country fellows hand to daub & dirty and who can [read] Arabick full as well. Therefore pray take much care of it [...] conveyance offers as can not faile of bringing fo it Entirely Safe to the hands of Your affectionate father. Lewis Morris

Decemb. 14th. 1737 (To Robert Hunter Morris)
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Robin, I finish't the Inclos'd with much ado upon the paper I had in London Juas as I left it but the rogue of a Stationer that sold it me cut me up paper made for the printers on wch. I am forced to use paines to make the Inck take. James [Graham] Sends Some of it to peggy. So by tryall you'll find what it is. I Just Saw a lettr. of your direction to Mrs. Pearse. The Ship is to Saile with this Eb with wch. Barnes goes to York & its a question whether it will reach the ship. ... I have had a lettr. Since from Vin pearse of ye 24th of Septembr. who had been wth. Sir C. who was weary of ye Duke & I had applyd to Sir Robert on my behalf wth. Such An Assurance of Successe that he Ask'd Vin whether what he propos'd would make me Easier & Vin told he he believ'd it would. I do not tell you what it was that not being yet propper; but Mr. Pearse is Very Sanguine upon it & Expects by the next Ships to do mighty matters. For my part I remember Tho. haws, believe it of a piece with all the rest & Expect nothing from it. I have not communicated thus much to Norris or any body but your brother Lewis & you must not Speak of it upon any Account. I grow very Indifferent to things of this Kind. If they happen it will be time Enough to prate, if not Silence is best. Time won't admit me to write at present an answer to Nancy but would have you communicate what I write about Ludlow to her. Mrs. Norris won't part with Molly. Your affectionate father Lewis Morris

Amboy, May 10th, 1739 (To Sir Charles Wager)
Right Honble:
I acknowledge the honr of yours of the 15th of Jan'ry & 11th of december. I thank you for the favours express'd in both of them. My poor daughter is under the greatest obligation to you concerning her pension & if she recovers the great fatigue of attending a sick Husband (w'ch I am told kept her constantly out of bed (except three nights) both during the voyage and after it) she cannot faile of retaining those gratefull sentiments she is at present with so much reason possessed of.

Perth Amboy, May 27th, 1739 (To Secretary of Sir Charles Wager)
...Tho' your hopes were not well grounded concerning Capt. Norris's recovery at Bath, yet what you say of my Poor afflicted Daughter, -- that tho' she had no relations in England yet would in Case of his Death meet with many friends who lov'd her - Sir Charles and Lady Wager's kindness to her and notice of her confirms. The pains she took and endured to preserve him I am very much afraid has gone great lengths to destroy herself; and I cannot enough acknowledge my Obligations to Sir Charles and Lady, whose kind notice of her I take to be the great means that preserv'd, and still keeps her among the living, if she be still amonst them.

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