|Madam||Boston 22 Decr 1797|
My Second Son mr. Wm Walter going to Philadelphia on business gives me an opportunity which I chearfully embrace of Acquainting you that our valuable Friend & Relation mrs. Gill continues rather to advance in Strength than otherwise, insomuch that the Lt. Governor proposes by the Consent of her Physicians to attempt geting her to Town in a close Conveyance made for the purpose to go upon Runners. He is induced to make this Attempt not from any Desire which she has of being removed, but because his public Duties will oblige him to be in Town to attend the General Court this Winter and he cannot bear the Thought of leaving her sick at Princeton while he is necesserily here. I fear the Undertaking will be too much for her, for she has never been out of her Warm room, & sets up but about 20 minutes in the Forenoon & as much in the Afternoon. but she is all Resignation, and seems not, by mrs. Gill’s account, to have any Will of her own. she loses about half her Foot.
Our weather has been & still continues remarkably cold for the Time of Year, but we have passed the shortest days & may please ourselves that the Sun is returning tho slowly to us; & thus revives the pleasing Ideas of milder Heavens & renewed Vegetation. how gratifying woud it be to have it accompanied with a Cessation of Hostilities &c General Peace?
I hope the President & you have both enjoyed your health since your arrival at Philadelphia. be pleased to present my best Respects to him, & wishing you both with great Sincerity the Complements of the Season I shall beg leave to subscribe myself Madam / Your most obedt. / & very faithful serv.