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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 31 January 1793

My dearest Friend

I have, this minute recd. your favour of the 22d. [Abigail to John, 22 January 1793] The Report of the Presidents Resignation is probably designed to prevent the Rise of the Stocks: but the Insolence which appears every day in Baches and Freneaux Papers, proceeding from the Same Persons who are tired of abusing me, may be carried to a point that he will not bear. He has not been used to such threshing and his skin is thinner than mine.

Cit. H. [Hancock] and Cit. A. [P. Adams] I presume will grace the Civic Feast. Cit and Citess is to come instead of Gaffer and Gammer Goody and Gooden, Mr. and Mrs., I suppose.

Congress I presume will not sitt after the Second of March. I shall not be able to sett off till the 5th. but I will not wait if I travel but ten miles a day.

We Shall see, in a few months, the new French Constitution, which may last Twelve months, but probably not more than Six. Robertspierre and Marat will their Jacobin Supporters I suspect will overthrow the Fabric which Condercet Paine and Brissat will erect. Then We shall see what they in their turn will erect produce.

Mrs. Washington requests me to present you her very particular regards. Many other Ladies do the same.

Citizen Brisler and Citizen V. P., are very happy together. Since they are equal and on a Level it is proper that sometimes one should be named first and sometimes the other.

Our Countrymen are about to abandon the good old grave solid manners of Englishmen their Ancestors and adopt all the Apery Levity and frivolity of the French.

Ca ira. Tenderly yours
J. A.


Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 31 January 1793 [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, 31 January 1793. 3 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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