Letter to Joseph Warren Brackett
December 22, 1798

December 22, 1798

Well, you need not complain, you have no postage to pay, just look, and see who signed this, and commit it to the flames. But stop, it may be that you will read it, if so, I tell you plainly, Joseph, I want to see you, but what of that, you don't care for me, You are now, perhaps, in a lively circle of Misses, where humour and hilarity prevail; while I, on the contrary, am dozing over a dusty volume of Rollin. But, Brackett, you have an advantage still greater; in another respect, wherever you may be, however far removed from your friends, yet you are always sure of the company of Celestial Muses, who, alone, are sufficient to transport you to the fields of Elysium, and fire your soul with heavenly rapture. But, Joseph, I raped one of these Gypsies yesterday, and shall make it known next Tuesday, but, your ear won't be hurt with grating jargon. I expect to carry on here through vacation, but don't you write to me, because it will be too much trouble to you, but if you have patience to read this letter, I shall think myself infinitely obliged to you. But why do I pay such respect to you, I'm a sophomore, am as good as you, and wish you good night.

D. Webster


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