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.
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