A website from the Massachusetts Historical Society; founded 1791.
Adams Family Papers : An Electronic Archive
Next Letter (by date)
Previous Letter (by date)

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 14 May 1789

My dearest Friend

I have received yours of the 5th [Abigail to John, 05 May 1789] . If you think it best, leave Thomas at College; but I pray you to come on with Charles, as soon as possible, -- as to the Place let my Brother plough and plant if he will, as much as he will. He may send me, my half of the butter Cheese &c. here. As to Money to bear your Expences you must if you can borrow of some Friend enough to bring you here, if you cannot borrow enough, you must sell Horses Oxen sheep Cowes, any Thing at any Rate rather than not come on. If, no one will take

the Place leave it to the Birds of the Air and Beasts of the field: But at all Events break up that Establishment and that Household. A great Part of the Furniture must be shipped for this Place. As to Daniel, he has a Wife and cannot leave her: besides he makes great wages where he is:but if you [illegible have a Mind to bring Daniel you may. We can do without him.

I have as many difficulties here, as you can have; public and private, but my Life from my Cradle has been a series of difficulties and that series will continue to the Grave. I hope Brisler will come; but if he cannot we can do without him. I have taken Montiers House, on the North River, a mile out of Town.

There is room enough and Accommodations of all sorts -- but no furniture.

I am &c. tenderly
John Adams

[Envelope -- see page image]

Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 14 May 1789 [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, 14 May 1789. 4 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
Next Letter (by date)
Previous Letter (by date)