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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Letter from Maurice Moore to Samuel Johnston
Moore, Maurice, 1735-1777
January 27, 1770
Volume 08, Page 173

[From MS. Records in Office of Secretary of State.]

Cape Fear Janry 27th 1770.

As I know you can't say your catechism, I will just inform you, that in the second Commandment it is laid down as a certain Truth, that the sins of Fathers are visited on their Children for three or four Generations: Among the omissive sins of mine; that of having neglected to provide for me in my youth, a competent writing master, is one, the consequence of which is, writing, is the most painful Exercise to me in the world; you are therefore to consider this Letter (Business being the object of it) as a strong mark of my Esteem for you.—Mr Bodley (who is now waiting for this Epistle) has been so obliging as to spend some Days with me, he is, I think, a very respectable Gent and highly merits the friendly regard of every good man. Does it not lie in your way to lend him an assisting hand in his Difficulties? if it does, to do so, would be to act a part worthy of yr self.—I shall conclude with requesting the Favor of you to Dress yourself in the best manner your want of Taste in that science, will permit, and after scraping your Politest Bow, present my best respects to the good Ladies & Gents of Edenton.

I am Dr Sir with Truth
Your most obt hum Servt,