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Jones writes to his cousin that he spent his Christmas vacation in Raleigh, NC; Norfolk, VA; Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and Washington, DC, where he met President Andrew Jackson.
I am in hopes that this letter will reach you before you come to the final conclusion to blott me out from your books, and that, before you are done reading it, you will meet, with at least some sort of a half excuse, for this breach of politeness, i.e. in not answering a letter that gave me so much satisfaction in reading it.
I had thought that I would give you a pretty full account or
detail of my vacation expedition; but it would be almost like telling an old
tale, and in fact, I would not have space or time to do so, even if I thought
that it would be interesting to you. I will at least tell you, where I spent my
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Rencher r Williams r Rencher his a circular room, and received every person,
that as they came in, by the hand,
ladies and all, so you may know that he must have been tired of shaking hands
even if they all had been
To say that the supper and every thing else was splendid, would be
useless. But to remark on the characters, that were present, I must say that as
for the ladies, I never
gewgaws, and I thought that they made a great
display of their finery, without much delicacy of taste—Of how little
avail is useless ornament, in making any one appear intelligent—There
were present a great many officers of the army, and all of them had on their
military dress coats, with their caps,—and also their swords hanging at
their sides—they appeard to be the greatest gallants present, and I
suppose the ladies were very well pleased at it; as that class of men are
generally most pleasing to them. I, myself, as well as a majority present, amused myself by going
myself pretty- much at my ease. Many amused
themselves in waltzing—for they had a fine band of music. As
regar regards the waltzing, I don't
think that it will add any thing to reels and gigs, which is
calculated to give good wholesome exercise to the frame,—but it is a
continual, whirling round and round, which must have a disagreeable effect upon the
Well I can spare no more time in running down the amusements of
Carolina rs Bryan rs B.
more than I did in
da l it was more than
two feet deep—I did not on that account, get to see very many
e the then travelled down the
have have not
written since I received your letter—I suppose
she has answered your letter by this time without the sckolding Sally
Do when you write to
Well I have not given my excuse for not answering your letter
no sooner invent one. But seriously cousin Ann, I intended
writing to you immediately after I arrived, but, for more than a week, I was
unfit for writing letters, or engaging in any such mental exercise.
I hope to hear from you shortly, and that you are well,
N. B. My best respects to
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