Letter to James Hervey Bingham
June 14, 1801

Salisbury, June 14, 1801, T's Office.

Dear Hervey,

My first business is to inquire about Simonds; O, that I could be assured he were recovering; but perhaps that is a happiness never to be allowed us. Let our prayers ascend together for his well being, whether with us or in another world. If there be any possible method of communication, pray let me hear how he is.

I have next to tell you that I am in no inconsiderable consternation. About ten minutes ago friend Gilbert and I were taking a walk a few rods down street, when we perceived a chaise, containing a gentleman and lady, the latter of whom we concluded looked very well, while at a distance; judge my surprose, when I saw, as the carriage passed me, that its fair inhabitant was no other than Sally! The chaise drove so fast I only had time to bow and blush, and receive a smile and a look as the carriage passed on.

I hoped she would stop at the tavern, but no. On inquiring of my father, I found the gentleman to be a young major, by the name of Hale.

So Sally you see is gone; yes, gone! gone! I was going to Concord to-morrow, but...

Good-bye Jemmy! I am your
Dan'l Webster

Love to Fanny. Tell no one where I am. Don't know when I shall return.

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