MORSE, JEDIDIAH. (1761-1826). Colonial theologian, Native American scholar and geographer. Father of telegraph pioneer Samuel Morse, and often referred to as the “Father of American Geography.” ALS. (“Jedh Morse”). 2½pp. On two Folio sheets (formerly joined). Philadelphia, December 23, 1795. To his wife ELIZABETH ANN FINLEY BREESE MORSE (1761-1828).
“I arrived in this city yesterday at 1 o’clock a.m. Went directly to Mr. Hazard’s where I am now writing and was made very happy by your letter of the 13th which was waiting for me. Was very sorry to hear of the death of the children you mention. They must have been sudden. Tell the afflicted parents I sincerely condole with them. Am very glad to hear that you and the children and family and people in general are well. Thank Dr. Larkin for his friendly toast – he is a good man and they are good people who drank it – my regards to them. Dear little Edwd does he then think of his Papa and go up in the study to find him? I can easily conceive how you must feel by my own feelings – I often think most tenderly of you and them. I long for a time to come when I shall meet you. May God preserve us all to this desirable event. I do not I trust forget to pray for you – and often feel a pleasure in the belief that though we are absent, in body we can yet meet at the throne of grace, in spirit and in heart. I shall not fail to visit Grandma Finley – I dined here yesterday – drank tea last evening at Dr. Green’s – and am to breakfast with him this morning – where I shall finish my letter. I saw Rev. Mr. Baleh – soon after I came into town – he was right glad to see me and shook hands as heartily as ever. I saw poor Miss Sproat, who has ever since her arrival in this city been in a continued scene of trouble – the sickness and death of her only Brother, and an accidental lameness of her dear little Nephew, of whom she is dotingly fond, have occupied her whole attention and for me a sufficient apology for her not writing us. Mr. Blythe has gone. He went some time ago. You request me to look out for a maid. They are I assure you with much more difficulty obtained this way than with us. You will not therefore expect me to be successful in procuring you one. I am now writing in Dr. Green’s study. All well here and at Mr. Hazard’s and desire love to you. I am going with Dr. Green to Congress this morning and am obliged to conclude as it is time we were going. Tell Mr. Putnam I will if possible write him next Post. I have not yet possessed myself of the information I wish to communicate. Tell him, however, that Mr. Goodhue says there is a decided majority of Democrats in Congress. Others think it doubtful, however, as a number appear neutral. Both parties however act with caution as if afraid of each other. The prophecy is there will be a peaceful session. ‘Randolph’s Vindication’ is considered here as a vindication of the President and a condemnation of Randolph himself – without the merit however, of desiring either. Mr. Pickering intends to answer Mr. Randolph. I enclose a copy of Randolph’s Vindication to Judge Russell – which may gratify him. Till I write you again – adieu. Remember me very affectionately to all friends – love to the dear children and to the rest of the family, I am, as ever, your very affectionate husband…”