|AURORA, Tuesday, April 10th, 1798All of us having arrived in Paris on tehevening of the $th instante...In teh evenig of 10/18, Mr X called, and...whispere...that he had a message from M. Talleyrand...that the Direcotry...were exceedingly irritated at some passages of the President's Speech anddesired that they sshould be softeened, and that this step wold be necessary previous to our reception..That besides this, a sum oof oney was required for the pocket of the Direcory and Ministers, which would be at the disposal of M. Tallerand...and that a loan [to France] would be insisted upon...|
|A young woman (from A Tory Diary: Prudence Emerson, Ann Turner, Scholastic Inc., NY)
"I shall copy a letter (of my cousin), to have a record:
Iam in the midst of some fancy and difficult embroidery, making a white silk pocket to go with my best green dress. I am stitching a golden pineapple, for hospitality, as you know, and am happy with my work. Are you sewing or embroidering anything, Cousin?
Life is becoming very hard in Boston these days.Papa;'s temper, which has always been short, is tried often,nowthat our port is closed. He cannot stock his shelves or sell goods. When he went to open his store yesterday, there was a crowd of Patriots outsidek, shouting. ?They told him they would not trade with a known Tory any longer! Papa came home and in a rage kicked the water bucket. Mama was not pleased.
We were born here; this is our country, this is our home. But you could scarece believe how many Loyalists are fleeing to Boston now, for the protection of General GAge. I do feel safer these days with all the /British soldiers to guard us. Except Papa says how can we possibly feed them when we cannot import any goods?