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title:“Elbridge Gerry to Ann Gerry”
authors:Elbridge Gerry
date written:1787-8-17

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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. 227-28. Print.
Autograph Letter Signed, Sang Collection, Southern Illinois University

Elbridge Gerry to Ann Gerry (August 17, 1787)

Fryday Philada. 17th Aug. 87 My dearest Girl I was at the City Tavern the last Evening, at the Time of Mr. King's arrival & read your letter with the four inclosed. I am with You very much greived at the Accounts Mr. Warren gives of Mrs. Russell and wish You would write her on every Opportunity. Inclosed is a line to the postmaster respecting the postage, which being either a Mistake or Imposition, must be refunded. I am extremely pleased with the Letter from our lovely Friend in Dublin and shall inclose my answer to you by the earliest opportunity. I feel very much for Mrs. Knox, and the affection which we mutually feel for our Infant must produce Sympathy for the Loss of hers. I anticipated your Intentions of riding, or rather the necessity of the measure, in my last and I think it will be necessary to guard against the Coolness and dampness of Mornings and Evenings, and also of the house when washed, which is very apt to injure adult persons, much more Infants. The baby should not be carried in a Room the day it is washed. I have a Servant recommended to me, but he does not suit. He cannot Drive, and seems to be fearful of doing too much. Some Members of the convention are very impatient, but I do not think it will rise before three Weeks. I am done thinking of the Miss Bonds; they are quite giddy and will require Time to recover their senses. Inclosed is a letter from your Brother Robert, whose Accounts of the hurricane are very distressing. I have called four times on Mrs. Martin, without finding her at home. Mr. Hazzelhurst inquired for you a day or two since and apologized for not knowing You was in Town. He and Mrs. and Miss Hazzlehurst called at your lodgings as soon as they heard of it, but you was gone. He is an englishman, and whether this is philadelphia economy or not, I will not undertake to determine but by his frankness am disposed to think otherwise. One of the letters you inclosed was from Mr. Fayerweather, who says, Mr. Prentice has put into the Barn 100 bushells at least of good rye, and that the hay, corn, buckwheat and apple trees are very promising. Mrs. Miss and Mr. Jack Fayerweather, with all the neighbours desired their best respects to yourself and Miss Thompson. Adieu my dearest Life, take Care of yourself, our lovely infant I know will be faithfully attended. Kiss her always for me and yourself and with my sincere Regards to all your Family be assured I am ever your most affectionate E. Gerry Was the cover of the letter stamped with the Word "Boston"; if not it was put on in New York. Desire your Brother to deliver the Letter to the postmaster and receive his answer: and if it should be in the negative, to inform him I shall consider this a gross Imposition and inform of it to proper Authority.

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