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twelve months. Bring well acquainted with the trade, as also with the customers, and having such a fair prospect of setiling in business, I have presumed to lay it before you. I have often heard of your willingness to serve those under difficulties ; especially young poople beginning in the world. If you approve of this, and will advance so much on my bond, payable in a limited time, it shall be as safe as if in the hands of your banker. I shall be as frugal and industrious as possible, and the whoic of my time shall be employed in the closest atiention to the du. ties of my station, and shall acknowledge your kindness with gratiiude as long as I live. I hope this will not give any offence; and, sir, if you give me leave, I will wait on you with one of the executors, that you may hear their proposals. My character, as to honesty and fidelity, will bear the strictest inquiry, as is testified' in my late master's will, and also by all with whom I have any dealings.

I am, honored sir, your obedient humble servant.


The Gentleman's Answer. BIR,

I have just received yours, and although I am indisposed with the gout, yet could not hesitate one moment in sending an answer. There is such an appearance of honesty, together with such an unassected simplicity, runs through the whole of your letter, that I am strongly inclined to comply with your request, and happy shall I think myself it your honest endeavors are attended with the desired success. You need not give yourself the trouble of calling on me, lest it should interfere with your business. I will either call on you tomorrow, or send a friend to inquire into the particulars. In the mean time it gives ine the greatest pleasure to hear that you have not been wanting in filial duty to an aged parent; and while you continue to act consistently with the principles and regulate your conduct by the practice of virtue, you will have great reason to expect the divine Llessing on whatever you undertake. Trade is of a very precarious nature, and if not attended to with assi. duity and regularity, generally involves those engaged in the greatest difficulty, if not ruin. Let me beg, therefore, that when you become a master, you will avoid mixing in company with those who spend their time and substance in the fashionable follies of the present age. Such practices are inconsistent with the business of a tradesman, and I am afraid that it is greatly owing to such that we see the papers so often filled with the names of bankrupts, who, if they had attended with steadiness to the duties of that station in which Providence las placed them, might have been a comfort to their families, and an honor to their different professions. But, althongh I have no fears concerning your in. legrity, yet the best of men cannot be too often reminded of their duty.

I am your sincere well wisher.

LETTER 83. From the Servant of a Wholesale Dealer, to his Master in Nero.

York giving an account of his customers in the country. BIR, I have visitců sereral of the towns between this and New-York, where any of your customers reside, and although they complain much of the decay of trade, yet their payments and orders have been as well as could reasonably be expected, and indeed I think trade is beginning to revive. I have the pleasure to inform you, that, in the places where I have been, there is not any appearance of failing; and the people have been so well pleased with your goods and fair dealing, that I have obo tained many new orders. 'I lave likewise received a dividend of sixty cents in the dollar of the effects of Mr. Cambrick, the linen draper at Hartford, who failed last year, and there is still something remaining ; so that upon the whole your loss will not be so great as was at first ex. *pected. I have finished your business in this town, and set off tomorrow for New-London, where I shall expect to hear from you if you love any thing particular to transact before I return, and am, sir, with duty

Your obedient and faithful servant.

and respect,


The Master's Answer. NR. TRUEMAN,

I received yours, dated the 20 inst. at New-Haven, and am extremely glad to hear of your success, It has, as you observed, been greater than I expected. I'am much pleased vith your honest fidelity, in transacting my business with so much care and industry; and as you are now in New-London, I shall take this opportunity of intrusting you with an affair of importance. There is daily expected at that port the schooner Rover, Captain Johnson, laden with sugar and indigo from Jamaica; and as I am informed the proprietors are desirous of disposing of the whole cargo by private contract. When you have examined the goods, I leave it to your own discretion to purchase the whole, as I think it inust be an exceeding good bargain. If you have not money sufficient, give them an order on me for the remainder, payable at sight. I leave the whole to yourself, and shall expect to hear from you soon.

Yours, &c. LETTER 85.

Recommending a Man Servant SIR,

The bearer has served me with integrity and fidelity these three years, but having a desire to settle in Philadelphia, he left my house about a week ago, and by a letter received from him this day, I find you are willing to employ him on my recommendation; and it is with the great. est pleasure that I comply with his request. His behaviour, while with me, was strictly honest, sober and diligent, and I doubt not that it will be the same with you. I have sent this enclosed in one to himself, and if you employ him I hope he will give satisfaction.

I am, sir, your humble servant. LETTER 86.

The Answer. SIR,

I recelved your obliging letter in recorimendation of the young man


and in consequence of that have taken him into iny family. I doubt not froin what you say, of lus giving satisfaction, and you may be assured of his being treated with humanity, and rewarded according to his merit.

I am, sir, your humble servant.

LETTER 87. From a country Storekeepr, to his friend in New York, desiring

him to send him some goods. STRA

'Thai friendship which we contracted in our youth, is not yet, I hope, abated, although Providence has placed us many miles distant from each other. I have heard of your success in New York, and it is with pleas

can assure you that I am comfortably settled here. But you know that our returns are slow and profits small, and therefore, however willing, I am not in circumstances sufficient to defray the expense of a journey to New-York, in order to purchase goods at the best hand; which has been attended with some loss, 'ecause a considerable expense. Relying, therefore, on your former iriendship, I presume to solicit your assistance, to purchase from time io ime what goods I may happen to want from New York, for which an order shall be remitted on delivery. At present I have only sent for a few articles, as you will see by the en. closer. I doubt not of your getting them as good and cheap as possible; and if there is any thing I can do to serve you in this part of the country, you may depend on its being executed with the utmost fidelity and despatch.

I am, sir, your sincere friend. LETTER 88.

The Answer. SIR,

Yours I received, and am glad to hear of your being so comfortably settled. There is a pleasure in looking back to those youthful days we spent together in harınless amusements, and it gives me great pleasure to think that I have it in my power to be any way of service to my friend. The goods you ordered are sent in the Hudson Packet, directed to you. They are as good and as cheap as any to be had in NewYork, and I hope you will be a consederable gainer. With respect to your kind proffer of service, I heartily thank you, and shall, as occasion requires, trouble you with something of that nature. In the mean time, be sure to command me in every thing wherein I can be of service to you, as it will give the greasest pleasure to Your sincere friend.

LETTER 89. From a country Storekeeper, to a Merchant in New York, com.

plaining of the badness of his goods. SIR,

When I first began to correspond with you it was my fixed resolution to act with integrity and honor, expecting the same in return. I must indeed confess that the goods you sent me for some time were as good as any I could purchase of another, and so far I had not any reason to com

2. Se now the case is quite different. The two last parcels you Bent me are so bad that I dare not offer them to my customers.

from what, sir, does this proceed? Have I ever been descient in my pay ments ? No, you dare uot accuse me with any thing of that nature. However, I am obliged to tell you, that unless you send me oiliers in their room,

I must either withdraw my correspondence, or shut up my store. You may choose which you please, and let me beg to have your answer per return of post, as I am in immediate want of these gools, and in danger of losing my customers by a delay. In so doing you will oblige

Your well wisher


The Answer. SIR,

I received yours, and am extremely sorry to hear that the goods dent you are so bad. I know I had some such in my store, but was determined to sell them at a low rate, without ever thinking of their being sent to any of my customers, particularly so valuable a correspondent an yourself. By some mistake my clerks liave inadvertently sent them, for which I am extremely sorry; but, in order to make you' amends, I sent by this day's packet those which I originally intended for you, at my own expense. I hope you will excuse this, and be assured you shali never be served in such a manner for the future.

I am, sir, your

humble servant.

LETTER 91. From a Tradesman in distressed circumstances, desiring a Letter

of License. SIR,

It is now above ten years since I first had dealings with you, and durmg that time you well know that my payments were regular, but, at present, am sorry that my affairs are so perplexed, that it is not in my power to comply with the just demands of my creditors, nor even to pay them any thing until my affairs are settled ; for that reason, sir, I have sent to you, desiring a letter of license for only twelve months, in which time I hope to be able to settle my affairs to their satisfaction ; but if they will not comply with this, I am utterly ruined. Your answer is impatiently expected by

Your obedient humble servant.


The Answer. SIR,

Yours I received, and am very sorry to hear of your distress. I lave called a meeting of the creditors, and doubt not they will accede to you honorable proposal

I am, sir, your real friend.




your answer.

From a young Gentleman to a Lady with whom he is in love

I have three times attempted to give you a verbal relation of the cot: tents of this letter; but my heart has often failed. I know not in wlie! äght it may be considered, only if I can form any notion of my own heart from the impression made on it by your many amiable accomplishnents, my happiness in this world will, in a great measure, depend on I am not precipitate, madam, nor would I desire

your hand if your heart did not accompany it. My circumstances are independent, my character hitherto unblemished, of which you shall have the most undoubted proof. You have already seen some of my

relations at your aunt's in Read street, particularly my mother, with whom I now live. Your aunt will inform yon concerning our family, and if it is to your satisfaction, I shall not only consider myself as extremely happy, but shall also make it the principal study of my future life to spend my days in the company of her whom I do prefer to all others in the world I shall wait for your answer with the utmost impatience, and am, mada am,

Your real admirer,


The Lady's Answer. SIR,

I received your letter last night, and as it was on a subject I had not yet any thoughts of, you will not wonder when I tell you I was a good deal surprised. Although I have seen and familiarly conversed with you at different times, yet I had not the most distant thoughts of your making proposals of such a nature. Some of your sex have often as821ted

that we are fond of flattery, and very much pleased with praise 3 1 shall therefore suppose you one of that class, and excuse you for those ncomiums bestowed upon me in your letter ; but am afraid, were I to comply with your proposals, you would soon be convinced that tho charms you mention, and seem to value so much, are merely exterior appearances, which like we summer's flower, will very soon fade, and all those mighty professions of love will end at last either in indiffer. ence, or, which is worse, disgust. You desire me to inquire of my aunt concerning your character and family. You must excuse me when I tell you that I am obliged to decline making any such inquiry. How, erer, as your behaviour when in company was always agreeable, I shal:

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