By the Post, last night, I received yours of May 31 [Abigail to John, 31 May 1789] . Barnard Sails to day, for Boston: So that I would not have you wait for his Arrival: but come on as soon as possible, leaving the Furniture to be shipped as soon as a Vessell can be had. I shall be ready in the House to receive you.
I Should advise Charles to Stay and deliver his French oration: but if he chooses to come on with you I shall be glad to See him. If he Stays Brisler must come with you. I dont see any necessity of his going in the Vessell with the Furniture.
But in all Events my health is so disordered that I cannot consent to your delaying any longer. Charles indeed might come on with you, and return to take his Degree.
Mrs. Smith has promised me that I shall sleep in the House next Thursday night.