Newport 7.4. 82My very dear husbandHere sit I and the mother in my room, passing the afternoon of “the Fourth” in a peaceable and quiet manner. We are far removed from the noise & tumult of this wild[?] world and if not reminded by dating our letters we would hardly know that it was the Fourth. I sent thee a poor apology for a letter this morning in the shape of a postal, the reason for which I explained therein and now I am going to try & do something better. I believe I have not mentioned in any of my numerous epistles that several days ago we had
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