Elizabeth Murray Smith Inman1775-06-14Ralph InmanDear Sir,--Your very affectionate letter I received yesterday by Mrs. Cordis, am much obliged to you for setting this matter to rights. I freely own it made me very inattentive to myself. When they used to tell me I was in a place of great danger I told them with a cheerful countenance we could die but once, and I was a predestinarian, therefore had no personal fear, not even when I stood before a Company that made a prisoner of me in a formal manner. The day and evening the Girls were here, notwithstanding my carelessness about myself, be assured, Dear Sir, I did not neglect what I thought would be most for your intrest. I have carefully studied it, and if I have erred it is in Judgement; and if I did not see a fare prospect of saving your-- 212 --crop, stock &c &c, I would immediately go to town and convince you how ready I was to obey. Indeed, it is my inclination, but you wisely observe your income is only seventy pound sterling a year. In that case your servants could not be mentain'd in town. It would certainly take more than that sum to buy only them the worst of provisions. Therefore I'll give you my opinion, it is for me to sleep at Brush-hill and come here in the day, till we get our hay and crops removed; then leave this place to the care of Col. Sargent & Lady, with one or two servants to prevent the house and farm being hurt or crowded; to leave the other servants with Badcock at Brush-hill; to sell as much of the produce and stock as possible, or leave at Brush-hill as you think proper. As we have sown it is a pitty not to reap. . . . I am sorry my letter gave you so much uneasyness. I thought, as times were, it was necessary to speak my mind. When I have done that my heart is at ease. I hope and pray yours may be the same, and when an opportunity offers I beg you will write as freely to me as I have done to you. The consequence of my going to Town now is an entire loss of your stock, and this year's produce. I have gone throw some difficulty to preserve it, and I think a little while longer may accomplish my design. I would have you consider of this affair seriously and let me know your determination.Adieu, Dear Sir.