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Elizabeth Murray Smith Inman1775-06-12Ralph InmanCambridge, MA42.3736158-71.1097335Dear Sir,--On Thursday I received your kind letter with the note inclosed for C. and N. Every day convinces me more and more that you were in the right not to mind my apprehensions when I wrote to you to meet me at Mr. Russles. That time I told you this would not do for a home for me, four days after you sent me word you could not meet me and advised me by all means to stay here. This I own I thought cruel, and determined from that moment to run all risks rather than come to town, and as soon as I could I wrote for Dolly and her children.Told you complaining was not a crime of mine, but here I could not sleep, promised to attend in the day as often as possible, after that Jobs affair happened and Brush-hill was robb'd at that time. I should certainly have stept into Boston if I had not been denied that privilege, at a time when Judge Denforth was to leave me alone among numbers whose persons and manners I was entirely unacquainted with. The day after the good man left me-- 208 --had like to have proved fatal, and if I had not been roused beyond reason to have acted an uncommon part, I mean calling gentlemen to turn away men who had done nothing but their duty considering the story Job told them, do you imagine, desgusted as I was at my setuation, I would have made Col. Sargent a promise of staying here if he would protect me. No Sir that night you would have seen me. Intrest would have been no concern of mine. Since that I have been more calm. Rather than appear dull, I throw my anxiety off with a laugh, go about and order things as if I was to stay here for years, and at the same time I believe a few months will deprive me the pleasure of giving you an account of what your servants have done. Be that as it will, I have done my best for your and your familys intrest. I would leave this place directly, but I hear our neighbor's Hay and crops are to be taken in by those in power, therefore I am glad Mrs. Sargent is coming down, it will be expensive, but our creatures will starve if we do not save as much as we can. You mention the hay, I have thought a great deal of and think it will be prudent to carry it to Brush-hill if I am allowed.Do not be uneasy about me. Am glad you are in town.Adieu.