Senator William C. Rives to Josiah Ware,
& researched by Judy C. Ware,
Castle Hill Nov. 4, 1838
My Dear Sir,
I had the pleasure of receiving your kind letter of 11th ult.
My visit to you is only postponed, as it was, necessarily by my numerous engagements this last summer. Be assured I shall avail myself, with eagerness, of the very first opportunity of accepting your kind invitation.
Be pleased to present my best respects to Mrs. Ware, in which Mrs. Rives tho she has not (as I have) the pleasure of her personal acquaintance, begs leave to join, and believe me,
very dear sir,
Very truly your friend
Col. Jos. W. Ware
Hill was the name of Rives estate near
Ult. was the abbreviation for the word ultimo. It means in the last month; pertaining to the month preceding the present one. This term (along with inst. which meant instant; of the present or current month) was used very frequently in the 1880s.
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