Dudley Chase



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D. Chase tells of his travels from Trenton to Philadelphia; he mentions a recent "Message of the President"




Washington Dec. 6th 1815

Dear George,

The next evening after I left you I lodged at Trenton N. Jersey, having traviled in 24 hours one hundred & forty three miles. Wednesday I came to Philadelphia, where I tarried till Thursday 3. P.M. In that City I passed my time away pleasantly. I found there an old friend who formerly lived in Vermont, and is now a wholesale dealer in Books, his name is Parks. He has lately returned from Europe where he has been for several years past. His knowledge of the City afforded me [?] opportunity of visiting many places & seeing many things worthy of observation. I arrived in this place last Saturday 3. P.M. after much the most tollerable journey, I ever made, of this distance. Several occurrences have taken place., since I left h[?], [?] to reconcile me to a temporary absence from that [?] of domestic happiness; among which I reckon, as first, the short but [?] pleasing visits I made at your Fathers house & at your room; at the former, it seemed like old times, and but to my [?] those early attachments, which have stood the test of years, and yet constitute the delight of my heart;—at the letter, amidst [?] that caused a r[?]tion of the corresponding “scenes of my youth,” I had the inexpressible satisfaction of embracing the young friend of my bosom, pressing forward to the temple of knowledge, thro which lies the road to Honor & Fame. That you, my Dear George, may prove most fortunate in the attainment of the object of your eager pursuit, and may moreover, be blessed with [untainted] mind so necessary to him as happiness, is my most anxious wish and earnest prayer.

We have this moment read the Message of the President on which comment is [?]—I shall inclose in another sheet, this most excellent communication, in which is presented in one comprehensive [?], the wealth & Glory, happiness & prosperity of the American Republic[?]. I shall also forward to you the [?] of this City, which shall [?] if it sustains the character it professes in the onsett.

I have already notified the H[?] Josiah Dana of Chelsea, that I felt his notes [?] Duet Smith in your ears subject to his orders.

Do not fail Dear George to write me soon as you receive this—The Federalists bestow high encomiums on the Presidents message. Indeed they appear to be very amicably disposed at present—Their friendship would have [?] more sensible in time of greater need—Your affectionate friend and Uncle D. Chase

Mr. George Chase.

Letter to George Chase



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