As there was no meeting this morning & our Lodgers all dispersed in different directions, there seem'd a little leisure, which I took to step into Neighbor Johnsons, with a view to supplying some of those wants, which my Daughter E represents as so very pressing: tho' by the bye, I think she must have forgotten her beautiful cream-colour'd Concan & lead colour'd Silk Dresses, which ought to be nice & in good order, because they must have been lying by all Winter, being too light & think for cold Weather- However, not knowing how thou may'st have encreas'd in size, so as to have outgrown Dresses without tucks, I herewith send thee the most suitable article for the present occasion, that I could find so near at hand. I wish, of course to have it cut to the best advantage (with a tuck or two, large enough to be useful in letting down, if thou shouldst grow hereafter) & made plain. For be assur'd, my dear Child, I wish thee to be plain & simple in thy apparel, upon a ground of Christian principle in thy own mind, & because I know that principle will lead from all pride & ostentation in appearance & not only so, but it will also lead from wounding the feelings of parents, who ought to be both reverenced & hounour'd as governours, guardians & benefactors; & belov'd as Friends. Now it is an axiom, clear, simple, & conclusive, that no one capable of friendship, & dispos'd to fulfill its
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