James Murray letter to Frances Hubard, December 24

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James Murray letter to Frances Hubard, December 24


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Norfolk December 24th [torn, illegible]

My Dear Madam,

You will no doubt be astonished at my very
late return to this Country after what was mentioned in my last letter
from Providence; You might almost think I was not coming back
yet I am rather inclined to believe you have justly attributed
it to these vicissitudes of life which we can neither forsee nor prevent

The begining of October I left my concerns, to the management of a friend
& I thought myself fortunate presently afterwards to get a passsage
taken to Philadelphia but, upon the point of sailing, we were detained
three weeks in port by contrary winds. The weather upon the passage
was not the most favorable, & particularly in making the Coast
of Philadelphia it was so chilly raw & disagreeable that I felt
but too sensibly the shock of a sudden change of climate. I have
been confined there to my apartment for five weeks past, with a
fev'rish weakness & [?] in consequence of this, & for the last ten
days durst only venture out in a close carriage, when the weather
was fine. The moment there was a possibility of venturing I
took my passage to this place, where thank God I arrived safe
last night after a six Days passage & without any material
injury to my health. I have no compliant at present but weakness
so that I flatter myself in eight or ten days at farthest to be
able to stand the fatigue of travelling your length. You may

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[torn, illegible] that I shall not be very easy in my mind, untill I have
both heard from you & seen you but how unkind you were
not to drop me a line to this place to say how you were

I have some things to mention which I think will not
be disagreeable but as I expect the boy to call every
moment for the letter, all these details will be best
defferred utnill meeting - Oh that i could eat my Christinmass
dinner with you. O' the vanity of planning. When I left
Providence how secure did I think myself of the happiness of
spending these holidays with you. Fate will have its own way -
How does Miss Charlotte & Betsey. My kindest compliments to them
My Dear Fanny I trust is in perfect health, once more
[illegible] me to my [illegible] spirits.

Adieu My Dr. Madaam,
Yours most Respecfully & Sincerely
James Murray

Address leaf

Mrs. Hubard

Original Format

Ink on paper


Murray, James, “James Murray letter to Frances Hubard, December 24,” Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, accessed July 18, 2024, https://cwfjdrlsc.omeka.net/items/show/76.