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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 March 1788


My dearest Friend

After a Passage of two days, against contrary wind, and a terrible Jolt through the Mud, from Helvoet, I arrived here this day, in good health and not bad spirits. The Princes Birth day is on Saturday: so that I shall not be able to take Leave before Monday, and if I go to Amsterdam afterwards, I shall not be able to leave that City before Wednesday or Thursday: so that I fear you cannot expect me, till the Week after next. Mr. Dumas prays me to send you his respects.


My Cockade is splendid enough for a Lt. General. Mr. Dumas is large enough for a Colonell, or for what I know for a Major General. I have not seen one Person without an orange Ribbon. Great Preparations are making for celebrating the Birth day: and all is quiet. Tomorrow I make my first Visit, Give my Love to Mr. and Mrs. Smith and to my dear boy -- and my Respects and Compliments to all Friends.

Yours forever
John Adams

Mrs. Adams.



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Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 March 1788 [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, 4 March 1788. 3 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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