Letter to Ezekiel Webster
April 25, 1800

Hanover April 25, 1800

Ezekiel,

I promised to write to you once more this week; tomorrow is the last day - well I will write now but what shall I write? I konw not. I have written so frequently this term, that I have exhausted my stock - In the last letter I had from you, you were telling something about "that fountain of mind." What fountain do you mean? My brain? That is a fountain which was always dry - a droll fountain truly. Do you mean the whole institution? Perhaps indeed there may be some degree of mind in College, and I should be very willing to borrow or buy a little of a fellow student for the sake of amusing you, but really believe the poor rogues have not more than enough to entertain their own friends, and keep themselves from running into the two destructive elements.

Therefore, since we are so wretchedly poor, you will be good enough to take the will for the deed, and believe that I would do as much to entertain and instruct you as any man living. That "instruct" is a very presumptive word; erase it, ans write in its room some one not quite so assuming.

By this time you have passed over "Arma, virumque cano &c." I expect you scold a little, but don't be frighted.

You tell me that you have difficulties to encounter, which I know nothing of. What do you mean Ezekiel? Do you mean to flatter? That don't become you - or do you think you are inferior to me in natural abilities? If so, be assured you greatly mistake. Therefore, for the future, say in your letters to me, "I am superior to you in natural endowments, I will know more in one year than you do now, and more in six than you ever will." I should not resent this language, I should be well pleased in hearing it, but be assured, as mighty as you are, your great puissance shall never insure you a victory without content.

Adams, my very good roommate, has just come on. I feel at home now, since my wife has returned. You will ask why he did not call on you - He came by way of Walpole. He will probably go home by way of Salisbury in August, and I presume he will tarry with us a few days.

There is now before me a Newspaper, in which votes stand thus, Gil. 7302 Walker 4650. These, when added together, make as great a number nearly as was given in for Governor last year. If then this statement be true, which we have no reason to doubt, Walk. can not be elected. In Massachusetts I think it uncertain whether the Strong man, or the weak envoy will be chosen to fill the chair of the supreme executive. I hope however that the best man will command the suffrages of his fellow citizens. But an election of much greater importance than either of the above, will demand our attention next September. The question will then be, whether John Adams, or Thom. Jefferson shall be President of the United States.

This is the fifth letter I have written to you since I saw you; the last letter I received from you was dated 8th of April, when it seems you had had none from me; by this time however I conclude you have received a number.

I wish you to inform me how many students are now at the building - whether any will enter College soon - where you board, what you study &c. &c. As I have now finished the sheet, you will permit me to take my leave, while I subscribe myself ever yours.

Daniel Webster

P.S. Respects to all.


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