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Asks for Housing, General News

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Document Information
Date October 9, 1796
Author Name William Vans Murray (primary)
Recipient Name James McHenry (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Summary Murray writes a friend letter to McHenry, discussing his need for a boarding house during the session, as well as political news from Baltimore, French politics, and casual greetings.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups James McHenry; William Murray; Winchester; French; John Adams; Jones; Thomas Jefferson; Jacobins; Fauchet; Colonel Harrison; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; Baltimore; Madrid; France; London; ;
Keywords campaign; boarding house; seeding plow; elector; London paper; lodgings; government; ;
Key Phrases "it is the most irksome and troublesome thing in the world to have friends."
Transcription

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My dear Jem,

Can you descend so far from the
minister of the cabinet to be the minister of my
winter accommodation? -- In fact the ex:member
must have a boarding house this winter & he
knows of no house except the house where he
was all last session - at the close & on [undecipherable]
Settlement he [undecipherable] in two days from [M?] Jones
but suppose that would hardly [undecipherable] a
ground of compl[undecipherable] to the old lady. If you
could send to know if [undecipherable] would take it for
this session I shall be most obliged & if you [undecipherable]
[undecipherable] really grateful as we shall be near you.
You perceive as I have often perceived that it is the most irksome & troublesome thing in this world to have friends -- it really is so -- but in this life it can not be avoided and as it is my last campaign I hope you will help me into so eligible a position.

The accounts from Baltimore that reach this place are all in favour of W. J. -- & the party [undecipherable] wd have us believe that all men of that town are for him, but I hear that Howard is to be their elector & he will be right -- I hear not one word of Winchester as an Elector -- however I hope always for the best --.

The French drive on wonderfully. Their memorial to the [undecipherable] of Madrid is well worthy of circulation in U. S. It
2 sets out with a flat contradicti to the material of the Jacobins of [undecipherable] country & those of the French [undecipherable] who for three years, Fauchet included, have harassed our politics. The favourite position of such & in particular of Fauchet, has been that, in the [undecipherable] of [undecipherable] the [undecipherable] & only these [undecipherable] among Republics was in a Similitude of political form of [undecipherable] -- In this exquisite memorial is the [undecipherable] emphatically said -- That this is not the best basis -- that interest is the best [undecipherable] I had not seen it til I met with it some days since in a London paper belonging to Col. Harrison -- it is of March or May last & ought to be in [undecipherable] M.'Adams indeed in 81 chose that principally as the basis of his memorial to the S.S. -- & it helped him out much -- It would [undecipherable] to our innocent & [undecipherable] philanthropy [undecipherable] the French out
in different places, [undecipherable] diferent principles -- & in Madrid language fight at symptoms without fixed theory -- this is temporary good to them & very bad for others who [undecipherable] too warmly.

But my man says my seeding plough is broken & I must seed my corn ground --. So I conclude with a hope that I shall hear from you by [undecipherable] time in [undecipherable] if you have time to do me this favour.

I am affectionately

always [undecipherable]

WJMurray

Oct 01, 1796