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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 11 July 1781


My dear Portia

I am called to this Place, in the Course of my Duty: but dont conceive from it any hopes of Peace. This desireable object is yet unhappily at a Distance, a long distance I fear.

My dear Charles will go home with Maj. Jackson. Put him to school and keep him steady. -- He is a delightfull Child, but has too exquisite sensibility for Europe.

John is gone, a long journey with Mr. Dana: he will serve as an Interpreter, if not a Clerk, and the Expence will be little more than at Leyden. He will be satiated with travel in his Childhood, and care nothing about it, I hope in his riper Years.

I am distracted with more cares than ever, yet I grow fat. Anxiety is good for my Health I believe.

Oh that I had Wings, that I might fly and bury all my Cares at the Foot of Pens Hill.



Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 11 July 1781 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/
Original manuscript: Adams, John. Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 11 July 1781. 1 page. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Butterfield, L.H., and Marc Friedlaender, eds. Adams Family Correspondence. Vol. 4. Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1973.
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