Elizabeth Murray Smith Inman1775-05-06Ralph InmanCambridge, MA42.3736158-71.1097335Dear Sir,--I have looked over your notes very carefully, and in every one of them I discover that you would rather I could stay in the Country than move to town. It gives me pleasure to know that is your opinion, as an affair happened the day after I saw you that put it out of my power to stir from this. The affair I fear is too serious for me to write. I'll send you a letter Betsy wrote to Mrs. Barnes. I have often told you Job was not a-- 194 --proper person to be in your family after his behavior last summer. No doubt you'll be convinced of it now. The way that I had settled matters the morning I saw you was only to give them the use of the kitchen, the rooms over it, with Miss Sally's room. Now Caty can tell you how we manage. I beg you'll insist on her coming out of Town again. She is all the security I have for a safe retreat. Mr. Sargent is one of the best men you can imagine, but his business may hurry him into duty in a moment. Then what will become of us God only knows.Jack Clark has been to see me, and offered to send Providence wagons to move us stock and block to a place of safety, but I had given my word. By that I must abide.Your servants and intrest I will protect as far as it is in my power. These affairs must be entirely your own, as there is not a word said in Boston but what returns here. My letters to you have been misrepresented.I wish your friends had consented to your meeting me at Mr. Russells, as I earnestly desired; if you had, many, if not all these difficultys might have been prevented.