Colonial America

December 1772- William

Posted on Mon Jun 22nd, 2020 @ 5:29am by Patriot Jeddidah Quarels

My Dearest William,

I pray this letter finds you in good health and prospering in all things. Mother tells me you were recently promoted to Third Officer aboard the Britianna Congratulations, and it seems like we are now performing much the same duties. I, as you may have been told, am in charge of the night shift here at the Inn. You are in charge of the night shift. I know, of course, that your duties are far more dangerous than mine, and more rewarding as well. Still, it gives us something in common, even if it is only a small thing.

How are Elizabeth and Aaron? Mother said you got leave and were able to be home for Christmas. I am sure they were glad to see you. I wish we were closer, I would have loved to have some of Beth's plum pudding. She is such a good cook. You are one fortunate man. You should count your blessings. Did Aaron get the model I made? Did it arrive undamaged?

Thank you for the concern you expressed for me in your last letter. Let me speak of each of the areas you mentioned.

First, no, I have not found myself a wife yet, nor am I actively looking. I am just twenty and have plenty of time to find the perfect one. I have given up, at least for now, and would have no problem staying a bachelor for the rest of my life. I know we are not in agreement on this, but it is just the way I feel. Maybe, someday, the right woman will come into my life, and I will get married and have a family of my own.

Second, yes, the new addition is completed around Thanksgiving. I followed your advice and added a fourth privy. It is so much more convenient for those on the East wing and I think I put it just the right distance from the inn. Close enough so guests don't have so far to go, especially in the snow, which it is doing now, but far enough away so that the odor does not become overwhelming.

Third, Moreover is doing well. and has become quite the ratter since I last saw you. The other day, I caught him terrifying the Adam's cat, Theo I think he's called. He wasn't trying to kill it, but he chased it up a tree He was only chasing it half-heartedly, and I'm pretty sure he just wanted to play.

You should have seen the look on Mrs. Adam's face. If looks could have killed, you would have had a dead dog and a dead brother. That cat is mean as sin I'm rather hoping it got scared out of two of its lives.

The chance of my going to Harvard is better than my finding a wife, I would like to become a doctor someday. But I don't think now is the best time.

Please tell me more about shipboard life I would love to hear more about it. I'm always fascinated by your tales.

In conclusion, politics still divide us at least to some degree and I don't know how soon that will change, or if I ever want it to. I pray though that religion ceases to be a point of contention. And do not forget, I will always love you. No matter what.

Your faithful brother,