Signed by Salomon. Salomon has received Badollet’s last letter (no specific date referenced) from Mr. McClure, and says he finds the content distressing, though he expects that will be a continuing trend—at their age, he says, there is little good left that they can hope for. Salomon has also been unwell and gives a long list of maladies he has suffered recently, some of which resulted in him having to suffer through a seven-week house rest and many medications, all of which he hated. The next part of this letter was written 4th November 1833: In this portion Salomon says he and Mr. Gruder shared a drink to Badollet’s health; Gruder is leaving the next day, and will be the one to deliver this letter to Badollet. Salomon goes on to talk about how increasingly beautiful Washington is becoming, the second fire at the National Treasury, and Cazenove, who Salomon sees from time to time and who is well, but busy. Gallatin has become president of a bank in New York which is not one of those chosen to receive a deposit, to Gallatin’s chagrin. Salomon goes on to say that though he is maintaining a jovial attitude, this may very well be the last letter he is able to address to Badollet; he says his worldly sensations come and go, and he says their friendship accompanies him to the borderline between worlds, but not beyond it—that is the sole line it cannot cross. PS: Georgetown University is breaking ties with its president, amidst riots and an outcry of disapproval from nearly everyone in Virginia.
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United States -- Indiana -- Knox County -- Vincennes -- October 16, 1833
Badollet, John, 1757-1837 -- Correspondence
Badollet, John, 1757-1837 -- Friends and associates
Gallatin, Albert, 1761-1849
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