Mary Boardman Crowninshield1816-01-01Benjamin CrowninshieldChesapeake, VA36.7682088-76.2874927My Dear Husband: --We have just passed Com. Porter's house. Saw the children run to see the boat pass. I held out my white handkerchief in vain for Mrs. Porter -- could see nothing of her. We arrived this morning at French Town and took the stage about four o'clock and got to New Castle about seven; had a very cold morning ride. We had the stage with Mr. and Mrs. Dallas -- they continue very polite to me. We had the cabin so crowded last night we did not get much sleep, although we had the best berths. How much we wish you were with us. The girls do finely. I filled Mary's bag with candy and she is buying nuts on board the boat. -- "Why, Ma, you know this money will not pass after to-day." Elizabeth is not sick, -- complained of the headache this morning. It was because she did not sleep any in the night.Mrs. Payson called on me in Baltimore;-- 72 --says Shillaber will sail perhaps in a week. He has the trunk and box at his house. You will see him at Annapolis, for I hope you will go. Mr. Dallas will go with him to Mrs. Campbell's, and he will send out for lodgings for us; -- this I shall not like to do, and I cannot but hope that Mrs. Meany may be at the wharf to receive us. I shall not stop long in Philadelphia. To-morrow being Sunday I shall see but little, and so I may stay over Monday; but if there is any trouble about getting lodgings, I shall go on immediately. Saw nothing pretty to buy in Baltimore. Mr. King will arrive to-day about the time we shall be in Philadelphia. How astonished you will be to see him. But we do so well I do not feel at all anxious. We shall get home safe -- you will be glad to hear when we get there.Mary gave me a piece of her hard candy yesterday and said to tell you I broke a large piece of my front tooth. I was quite alarmed, but it does not show much. It split from the back part, but another hard bite and it is gone. I am almost afraid to eat.Adieu -- I hope we shall get a letter in Philadelphia.Your affectionate wife,M. B. C.My best love to Mrs. Madison. Tell her-- 73 --she must go to Annapolis; everybody is going from Baltimore, expecting the President to be there. Sunday: We arrived in Philadelphia yesterday about four o'clock. Went with Mrs. Dallas to Mrs. Campbell's. How delighted they all were to see their parent again. They had dined but got us some dinner. George D. went out in pursuit of lodging for us. He got us one very near, but when there I was so discontented that I sent John to Mr. Meany to inquire about Hanson, and when he left [I was] in hopes we should be invited there, and I was not disappointed. Mrs. M. came immediately down and would have us go with her and we are there [now]. The girls are much delighted -- the little girls they saw on board the steamboat when they came on, are here with their Aunt, so they have fine frolics. I have been to-day to the Catholic Church -- far superior to what I saw in Washington. Matilda has just been to see me -- said when I wrote I must send her love to you. I must stay one day more here as I can see but little on Sunday and the boat goes to-morrow and not again till Wednesday, but I feel very impatient to be home. They say I must stay a week, but I shall certainly go on Wednesday morning, seven o'clock. Good bye.M. B. C.-- 74 --Mr. M. said he had written you about the horse and given Hanson his own, which was far better than ours but a good match.