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title:“Elbridge Gerry to Ann Gerry”
authors:Elbridge Gerry
date written:1787-8-10

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Gerry, Elbridge. "Letter to Ann Gerry." Supplement to Max Farrand's The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787. Ed. James H. Hutson. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1987. 216-17. Print.
Autograph Letter Signed, Sang Collection, Southern Illinois University

Elbridge Gerry to Ann Gerry (August 10, 1787)

Philadelphia 10th August 1787
I called, my lovely Girl, on Mrs. Carney after Dinner for the Articles left in her closet, and she made a particular Enquiry for yourself and the baby. She was glad to hear you were both well and wished to see you but said you had acted judiciously in not returning this Month, for it has been very sickly since We left the City with Young Children, a great Number of whom had dyed. There was scarcely a Day she said passed without her seeing some carried by her Door—I then went to Mrs. Bond, who was very particular in her Enquiries about Yourself and Miss Gerry, as well as her young Ladies and Mr. Bond. She had heard from them of the Attentions paid them in New York, and inquired whether they had called often on you. I told her, not, and that you had complained of it. She was very friendly and desired me to call frequently and in a familiar Manner, as We had done before. Fanny is in the Country, and Mrs. Cadwallader is well, but I did not see her. She is preparing to exchange her House for her Mamma's and they are to remove soon. The president, Major Butler, Colo. Langdon, Governor Rutledge and a number of others made very particular Enquiry for You and send their Compliments—inclosed are three Letters which I found here for You—Mr. Warren's was under Cover to me, which was the Cause of it's being opened. I had forgot to mention that Mrs. Bond was pleased to hear You had remained in New York, saying, the City was very unfavorable at present for Children. Thus my dearest Life, what We have adopted with Respect to your remaining in New York, appears to be fortunate as it relates to our darling Infant. I have not had Time to call on any of the high orders as yet, and I think I shall not be able to devote much Time to unnecessary and unprofitable Etiquette. Adieu my dearest Life, may the best of Heaven's Blessings ever attend you and yours the valuable pledge of your Affection, and with my usual regards to our Friends of the Family and be assured I am ever your affectionate E. Gerry Aug 'II I am favoured my Love with yours of the 9th to which I shall reply in my next—You make no Mention of Miss Bonds, have they called on you since I left New York. I fancy when they return, I shall make myself scarce.

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