John Phillips to father Samuel Phillips; November 11, 1791


H. Col  Nov 11. 1791

Hon’d Papa,

I received your good Letter, this evening with a pair of fellows and a bundle, where I found a prize – Mama’s letter. From the advice of both those letters may I be enabled to practice. If I am not good, Industrious, & certainly the fault will be mine – for I have had had line upon line, & precept upon precept to which has been added Example. — This is an important consideration, that to whom much is given, of him will much be required. May this sink deep, & make a lasting impression. We do not know how to value our blessings ‘till they are fled.

I enquired for, at Larkins & Hurd’s for Dogs, & they had none & likewise at Mr.Torrey’s – he had none; & aunt Phillips advised me not to purchase any ‘till you came down & she lent me a pair. Tomorrow PM I expect to go to Boston. Perhaps I may find the promise of a horse or if not, perhaps an invitation for next Thursday. Uncle and aunt & captain White & his family are gone to Plimouth & I believe will spend Thanksgiving there. I delivered that money immediately after I arrived in Cambridge to Mr.Pearson. He had not returned. —I dined with Mr.Pearson on Sabath day by his desire & I think I spent my time usefully hearing a very good Sermon.–


Wood is about 22 pr cord & 24— I send a bundle of dirty cloathes with this. In the morning I will go to Mr.Moore’s fir & enquire particularly about the Harness–

Please to give my duty to Mama, & book to Samuel.— My Chum offers his respects he is abed & I am very sleepy, I must go to bed, too, relying on my Gardian GOD to preserve me through the night.

I am Sir, with sentiments of Esteem

& Love — your dutiful Son

John Phillips


I have enquired, Sir, of Mr. Moore concerning the Harness & he informs me that that there was no [illegible] there beside yours & Mr. John Heard’s of Ipswich who lives about an half of a Mile from the Court house.

He is distiller— Perhaps, Sir, Mr. Smith when he is going that way can carry it in ye Wagn & exchange—it was owing to the carefulness of Mr. More’s Negro—the harnesses were both taken and put in to a place together.

The bell now sings for Mr. Webber’s Lecture.



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