Letter to Abigail Ellsworth

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Mrs. Ellsworth

Our business is yet unfinished and it yet remains uncertain when I shall return home. I am sure I wish for the tie for this city has no charms for me. I mix with company without enjoying it and am perfectly tired with flattery and forms. To be very fashionable we must be very trifling and make and receive a thousand professions which everyone knows there is no truth in. Give me a little domestick circle where affection is natural and friendship sincere and I do not care who takes the rest.

I seldom write long letters to anybody and I am sure I need not to you to convince you that I am with the truest and tenderest affection.

Yours Oliver Ellsworth

Love to the little ones

Chauncey is well through the smallpox

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