Document, 1783 March 26

Name:
Ridley, Matthew, 1749-1789; Livingston, Catharine
Title:
Document, 1783 March 26
Date:
1783 March 26
Format/Genre:
correspondence
Physical Description:
5
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Summary:
Mrs. Ridley is now in Paris with him and their little son. He was weak after the journey but hopes the trip will do his health good. Sarah Livingston Jay wishes to see Kitty (Catherine Livingston), something he hopes will happen within twelve months. Somewhat surprised to hear about Miss Buchanan and the Major, but thinks time will soften even the hardest of ladiesÆ hearts. Sorry that KittyÆs plan about Mr. Pringle should be thwarted from illness. Has heard from French travelers that society with its balls and routs is far more luxurious in Philadelphia than in France. Hopes this is not true, because will determine whether the next generation will be "good plain Republicans or luxurious supporters of kings." Discussion of different parts of Maryland; the part he visited showed a great deal of improvement and had magnificent views. Slavery ought never to have been introduced. "It is one of those evils that will be very difficult to correct." Is planning to send his sons to Geneva. Will go to the opera tonight and then to St. Cloud tomorrow. Hopes the peace will shape a solid, contented future.
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Library Location:
Massachusetts Historical Society
(Non-Columbia Location)
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay

Document, 1783 March 26