Although I expect that thee could not find time under the present circumstances to write a letter to us yet I thought that perhaps the would be willing to spare a few minutes in reading one from us. And as I have a little leisure time which I cannot employ in play as it is in school hours I thought I would embrace the present opportunity of writing home—Especially as after hearing the latest disasterous news about the Susquehannah my thoughts are continually at home. We received the news by John G. Gummerre who was in town on 2nd day & our accounts were confirmed by the statement which appeared in the U. S. Gazzette of yesterday morning. I did not know how to believe it at first but when I found that there was no doubt about its truth I must own I felt quite low spirited. As it was such a bold piracy I suppose it must have occasioned
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