A New Years Wish - Jesse Linsley, Branford, Feb 26, 1822
One Female companion soften my years,
Two Thousand a year to support my affairs,
Three Dogs and a gun when to sport I incline,
Four Horses and chaise to indulge me and mine,
Five Jolly companions with whom to make merry.
Six Dishes each day with six glasses of sherry,
Seven Beds in my house for my friends and their leisure,
Eight Something or other to add to their pleasure,
Nine Pounds in my Pocket, when cash I require,
Ten Favors are all that on earth I desire,
And A passport to heaven, when from earth I retire.
Jesse Linsley, February 26, 1821
Jesse, born April 27, 1787, was the son, and 5th Child, of Dr. Reuben Linsley and Tryphana Baldwin. Dr Linsley was a well known and prosperous Physician. Jesse was one of the original members of the Zion Episcopal church in North Branford when it was founded in 1812. When North Branford separated from Branford in 1831 Capt. Jesse Linsley was chosen as First Selectman. he was also elected again in 1835. His brother Chauncey was first Selectman from 1836-1838.