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No. 51. ---------------------------------------------------- Brookline, 16 May, 1810.
Dear Sir,
On monday, the 14th I was at Boston, and received your No 46, of the 10th instant. It was really refreshing to me after so long silence. Dr Stebbins called on us last evening with Mr Barry, and mentioned, that he should return tomorrow or next day. By him I seize the opportunity of writing a few lines.
Lucy Pierce seems to be, on the whole, advancing but by such slow degrees, that we have to compare distant periods to percieve much alteration. She rides almost everyday; sometimes, twice a day. During the night, her swelling for the most part subsides; but by the close of the day, it increases so as to be considerably troublesome. She is still so lame, that it is with great difficulty she walks across the chamber. She cannot go up and down stairs but with extreme difficulty, so that I generally carry her in my arms, when she moves from one story to another. Her health is in other respects pretty good. She nurses her large child with less difficulty than she has always found in such cases. The Dr continues to administer to her; but he seems to place the greatest dependence on fre-

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