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We had  a great deal of talk and you may well suppose about your situation and family.  Upon some points I found that Mrs. W had imbibed some very erroneous  impressions. I judge from some of Maria's tales,
these I  endeavor to remove. She seemed to entertain a most deplorable idea of your  present condition. She commiserated greatly the hard fate of the children, more  especially of Ann.
From my  particular partiality for a backwoods life you will guess that I did not exactly  sympathize with her in this view of the matter.
She was  very particular in inquiring the expenses of a journey to Kentucky. Perhaps at  some future period when the transit by steam from London to New York shall  become cheaper and more common she may pay you a visit.
Emma I  have no doubt would feel no objection more especially if you were located in  Canada instead of Kentucky.
We had  some talk about your Uncle Hitchcock. Both your sister and mother expressed  their regret that you had neglected writing to him and said moreover that he had  felt himself hurt at not hearing from you. I trust you will embrace the first  opportunity of atoning for the past. I am somewhat remiss myself in writing to  my friends but I guess I should be pretty careful not to give such a man as I  conceive Mr. Hitchcock to be, any cause to complain of me if I had happiness to  count him amongst my correspondents.
A very  nice little girl of your brother's, about 4 or 5 years of age, in the cast of  her features bearing a great resemblance to Winter, is staying with your mother.  Maria, they told me, was with your brother at Sidmouth.
William  Holmes had been at your mother's a short time previous to my calling. I hope to  see him before I finish my letter.
After a  week's stay in London I went down to Cambridge, halfway by railroad, the rest is  not finished. Expected to be completed in the course of the ensuing summer.
I found  my mother in a very deplorable state, utterly imbecile, reduced to a condition  of perfect childishness, totally unable to help herself and without the least  power of recognizing her friends. However, I feel it to be a great consolation  that she is well taken care of. My sister pays her every attention
and  render her situation as far as possible comfortable.
My  brother, sister and family are all in tolerable good health and more comfortably  situated than I expected finding them.
My old  friends Mr. Rowr and Mr. Prince are both in much better health at present than  they have been for a long time past.
The  season here is now extremely mild. We have had no frost since the beginning of  the year.
April  12. The foregoing part of this letter was written at a time when I did not think  of making a long stay in England and I intended finishing this and dispatching  it on my return to London after having seen William Holmes. Circumstances,  however, have prolonged my stay till the present time and I am uncertain even  now when I shall be able to set out on my return. I have therefore resolved to  finish this.
I had  not been long at Cambridge before I began to considerate making a move back  again, but was delayed in consequence of my being unable to procure the ways and  means. During this delay the state of my mother became so much worse and there  appeared so little probability of her continuing here long that I
determined to remain while she was  living. She lingered till the middle of February.
After  her decease I proceeded to make arrangements for settling all my affairs.  Sometime previous I had talked over matters with my sister. She entered very  willingly into my views and I did not imagine for a moment that we should have  experienced any difficulty in arranging everything. My surprise and  mortification were therefore very great when I found that I was so entangled in  my brother-in-law's affairs by having joined in a bond with him in order that he  might obtain the money which my sister had settled upon her at marriage. This  money is now incumbent upon me to replace and pre doing this will nearly
absorb  all my share of my mother's property, and so instead of being able to carry back  with me to America a few hundred pounds, I shall hardly manage to do much more  than to pay my expenses. It is also no small degree of vexation to me to be  obliged to lose so much time as I am now doing.
I  regret much that I am not at Hopedale instead of being here.
Sometime ago I wrote to William  Holmes. I received an immediate reply in which he informed me that he had just  got a letter from  you. I was  ex1remely sorry to learn that you had had the bad luck to strain your back. I  hope it has not been productive of very serious injury to you. Circumstances as  yours are a slight
accident of that kind might  occasion grievous trouble to you. I wish I could bestow upon you some of the  leisure time which frequently hangs heavy on my hands.
I was  also very sorry to learn the misfortune which had befallen poor little Charles.  Knowing so well as do the nature of your situation I can form some little idea  of your troubles.
Judging  from some portions of W. Holmes' letter, I begin to think it probable that you  will return to England. You would therefore feel decisions of disposing of the  farm.
As I  have before said in a former letter I am somewhat disinclined to renounce it  entirely, although I have no thought at present of returning to it and perhaps  never may. At all events it appears to me that I shall in
all  likelihood continue at Hopedale as long as the Community holds  together/
With  respect therefore to the farm I leave you perfectly free to make such  arrangements as you may think best.
I shall  endeavor to see Mr. H when I am in London. He gave me an invitation to go to see  him, but I am so situated that I can neither spare the time nor the cash. The  cash is the object of the greatest importance, although the other is of some  consequence being frequently obliged to call upon the lawyers who are
engaged  in settling our very complicated affairs. I feel when I have an interview with  them its if they were flaying me. When I shall succeed in extricating myself  from their clutches I know not and in what
condition I shall be after, a  subject of no agreeable anticipations.
There  is a strong probability that I shall be pretty nearly stripped of my share of my  mother's property amounting to about 400 pounds. I have been grievously annoyed  by this business in a great measure because I was so wholly unprepared for such  a result. If I could have known the worst at once I should not
have  experienced half the vexation which I have done. In addition also to the loss of  cash there is such a grievous waste of time. I begin to loose all patience and  if matters do not shortly present an appearance of being expeditiously arranged   I shall be tempted to quit these  diggings and leave these lawyers in full possession of the field.
I shall  be glad to hear from you although know not what address to give you, but I think  I may continue to say Hopedale.
Although I think it not impossible  but that I may be compelled to putter away the summer in England for I shall not  return to America till I have fully settled all my affairs. If I should leave  this place before I have
done so  I shall wait the (illegible) of the matter in London.
I shall  feel very much interested in receiving an account of the course of things with  you since I heard from you last.
I hope  all our old neighbors are well.
Remember me to our old friend  William Gilliland, also to Daniel James and Mr. Claunch & family.
I  should like mightily to take a look at the old place and see how things are  progressing with you.
My kind  regards to Mrs. W and remembrances to all the children; Ann, Winter, James,  Charles and William. I shall be glad to hear a good account of them.
I  remain yours, Howard.
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