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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 5 May 1789

My dearest Friend

Mr. Dawes sent me word that he was going to New York this week, I would not omit any opportunity of writing to You, tho I know I must sometimes perplex You with domestick matters. I would not do it, but that I wish your advice and direction.

I wrote you in my last that the Wall was compleated between Mr. Bass and You, and Barley had been sown. The Hill before the window. Your Brother has had cleard of Stones, and gatherd up the overpluss manure and laid where directed. I requested him to dispose of the Young Stock if he could, but he has not been able to. I procured a load of Salt Hay for the Stock . Since you went away pay'd Thayer 6.12s.11d for the Hay I had of him, and this day am obliged to purchase more English Hay. The Wall upon the Hill was poled agreeable to your direction and the sheep put there and Hay given them, but the season is so backward and the flock so large that they are pinch'd. The Dr. had agreed to take off this week 3 Heffers and the 10 weathers and pay the childrens Quarter Bills which amounts to Sixteen pounds. Thus two anxieties I am relieved from. But Your Brother upon clearing this Hill insists upon it, that it is trod down so hard by the cattle that it will provide no grass this year and the best thing which can be done with it, is to plow it up. To this I could give no consent, knowing how averse you were to any such thing, but yesterday hearing that a Tax Bill was combing out this Month, he got quite discouraged and came to tell me that he would not have any thing to do with the place for that he should never get sufficient of from it, to pay the Taxes.

I offered him a part of the Sheep, that he should take 20 and leave half the profits of them, Lambs and wool this Year, or I would do any thing reasonable that he should desire. As I had not been abl to part with the oxen, French should help cart out the manure but he was sure that you would think he might make so much more than it was possible for him to, that you certainly set him down for Knave or Fool, and he would hade no further concern with it, unless it was to render me any assistance. I hope however he will consider further about it. In the mean Time I wish You would write to him, or me; the manner in which Glove has Balsas place is I suppose a reason with him for thinking that he cannot take this answer. I have got Fibril to work with French and must get the Manure upon the Grass as soon as possible. I will exert myself to the best of my ability, but it really worried me so much that I could not Sleep last Night. The Cows have not calf'd yet, and really every thing seem'd to have gone wrong. Veal has got to two pence pr pound,Spear brought me a Parish Rate this week of three pounds 26 Shilling and Eleven pence and yesterday Col. Thayer sent a deed of the Woodland.

As You were always Remarkable at a difficult case, I wish you would direct me what to do with those which at present surround me.

Pray burn all my Letters. I Suppose you are perplexd with National difficulties which well puzzel You as much as my domestick affairs do me. It is hard to have both.

I have not heard from You since the 22d of April [John to Abigail, 22 April 1789] . We are well as usual. Yours affectionately

Abigail Adams

Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 5 May 1789 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/
Original manuscript: Adams, Abigail. Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 5 May 1789. 2 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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