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Letter from William Barton Rogers to his father,
December 5, 1826

Windsor December 5th —1826
Dear Father

Henry being in town about ten days ago found two letters from you at Uncle's. One of them contained ten dollars intended for Robert's use. When we go to Baltimore we will provide several articles for his comfort. We have bought some pairs of stockings for his and our use, and we intend to purchase an additional supply. Henry and I have provided ourselves with new coats. They are of blue cloth—of a substantial quality—though not fine; and cost us about fifteen dollars and a half. We have yet to buy pantaloons and additional flannels.

Robert is quite well and attends school every day. Henry's health has improved very much within the last month. I am fat and hearty, with scarcely a remnant of my old complaint.

James paid us a visit about two weeks ago. He is situated nearer to us than we had supposed. The distance between us is about fourteen miles, which is a little greater than our distance from Baltimore , and may be travelled in three hours with great ease. I am glad that we are at a convenient distance for visiting each other occasionally. Henry and I rode to see James on Saturday morning and remained at Amos Smith's until Sunday afternoon. We were delighted with Mr Smith and family. He appears to possess a large share of practical good-sense, and, I should think is qualified to give excellent counsel in matters of prudence. He is a man of steady habits and deliberate reflection, and the members of his family seem to resemble him in these respects. The general respect in which he is held by his neighbours speaks in his favour. We found that he was looked up to by them as their guide and example. James is fortunate in residing with such people. He is much pleased with his situation among them. For some time past the country has been remarkably healthy, and he has had nothing to do. Through the winter and in the spring he expects some business. I think he has several friends who will exert themselves in his favour. Some time must elapse before he can be professionally known in the surrounding country and if he does succeed it must be by slow degrees.

I regret that I wrote to you concerning Mr Garnett's situation after you had given me your opinion [upon] it in Baltimore. Henry and I felt [anxious] to be providing for the future; and this made us fearful of letting any opportunity pass which promised an improvement in our circumstances. But I would not knowingly have fallen short of my duty for the world. I am perfectly contented with our present situation. A more agreeable neighbourhood could not be found any where, and our school will continue to yield something more than what will support us. At present we have, twenty seven pupils. This number would produce more than six hundred dollars in the year, and we may calculate upon that sum as a pretty steady income. I hope you have not thought that I wrote to you respecting the [place] in Virginia from being dissatisfied with my present one. This is so far from being the case that whenever I shall have to quit this neighbourhood, it will be with the deepest regret. I would have written to you last week but I wished first to visit James that I might let you know how he is situated.

I remain your affectionate son

Wm B Rogers [Signature]

Henry and Robert send their love to you and Mr Fitzhugh's family, all present their respects to you. Please to direct your letter to Mr George Fitzhugh's care, he will take them out of the office and forward them to us.

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