My Dearest Friend
I received yours of Novbr. 4 [There is no letter dated November 4, 1789 from John to Abigail.] on thursday last.Brisler and his Family got here the same day and are waiting the arrival of Barnard to go into their House. The president got home on fryday last. Looks much fatigued with his journey, and has beat out all his Horses. Brisler says the Roads are getting very bad, and that you will find it very tedious travelling in a few weeks. Pray take care that your little vehicle does not overset. I wrote you respecting several articles which I supposed might come with Barnard, but my letters will be too late unless we venture them when he comes again. Charles wants to have some cider sent, and I think half a dozen Barrels would no be amiss. I wish Brother would get me 20 or 30 dozen of Eggs put into Brand and send me when Barnard returns. We are all well cold accepted. I believe Louisa has the small pox. She has had some symptoms, but no Eruption worth mentioning and not one that has fill'd. Mrs. Izard has lost her Baby with it.Richmond Hill has lost much of its Beauty since you left us. The Trees are all stripd and look dreary but the prospect is Beautifull tho in Ruins.
Remember me affectionately
[Envelope -- see page image]
[Endorsement -- see page image]