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Baldwin to Isaac Hite, May 6 1838

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There is a very respectable theatre which was open when I was here before but the season for that amusement is past and dancing seems to be the order of the day. At times almost every person is oft to get into a mood for dancing on the romantic. However plain and matter of fact individuals they may be; it is oft come on some like a sort of fit & so I suppose it was with me last night when after supper everything looked so soft, [mild?] & beautiful that I could not help feeling " sort o sentimental" & accordingly took up my hat & [illegible] came with the determination of playing "The Solitaire" by moonlight. I went slowly along up this street and down [illegible] at one moment thinking of matters in general & then again of one thing in particular until at last my attention was arrested by the sweet sound of a female voice accompanied with the guitar: on tracing it to its source I found it to proceed from a house a little remote from other buildings with an enclosure in front and a gate which was locked with wire I suppose of keeping out intruders. I stood for some time listening till at last I felt a curiosity to know whether it was really a [illegible] being that produced such a melody accordingly I leaped over the fence & with