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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 20 December 1793


My dearest Friend

I have to acknowledge Your two kind Letters one of the first [John to Abigail, 01 December 1793] the other of the 5th of December [John to Abigail, 05 December 1793] from Philadelphia. My anxiety has in some measure abated since I found You went immediatly to your old Lodgings, as no person was sick in that house. If the air of it had been properly changed by opening and airing I should hope there might be no danger this winter. The Spring will be the most dangerous Season. I would fain hope that when publick danger threatens, all personal views and interact will vanish or be swallowed up in the more liberal and enlarged Policy of Love of Country and of Mankind. The Speach of the President is that of the wise Man who foreseeth the danger and gaurdeth against it. I never liked the translation, hideth himself. That looks too cowardly for a wise and brave Man I would hope that Congress may be so united in their measures as to dispatch important matters in a short period. The message relative to foreign affairs was more free and decisive than I expected. Every one may see that the president is much in earnest and that tho cool he has felt properly warm'd. Genet has renderd him self contemptable indeed. Columbus has not done with him. By what I can learn he has carried conviction to those who before doubted for want of proper information. I have not seen any attempt to answer him. I should like to know what the


Opinion of themthe peices is with Your members. Some persons have said they were written by Ames. Others ascribe them to Mr. Gore to Mr. Otis and some to another hand. Russel has been Questiond. He say they are not in his hand writing, "but Sir I know the writer. There is but one Man capable of Writing them!"

I rejoice that Thomas has got through his Studies and examination I hope he will get into business. I know he will be attentive industrious and obligng I sincerely pray that he may be prosperous. The Season is fine with us. I have written to you every week Since Your absence and was surprizd to find by your Letter of the 9th to our Son that you had not heard from me. Mrs. Otis is with you before this time, and will add to the comfort and happiness of the Family. When I found that no danger was apprehended I wrote to urge her to go on. I hope your Health is better for Your Journey. I have not been sick, but have a Remembrancer of my old Ague tho I have not been in Boston. Louissa at the same time and a much severer attack so as to shake an hour I hope we have queld it for the present. Our Friends are all well I propose visiting a new Nephew to day Mrs. Norten has an other Son Girls seem to be denied our Families. I hope we shall not have occasion for so many soldiers. Remember me to all my old acqcaintance whether in or out of Congress. Is Mrs. Washington with the President. My particular regards attend her from Your

ever affectionate
A Adams


I have seen the Dr. to day. He tells me that he took up the Note and payd three hundred pounds, gave his own for the other three hundred which he proposes to pay of the next month, as he does not like the trouble of a monthly renewal. Besides that it amounts to seven pr ct as the interest must be pay'd monthly I believe I mentiond to you before that he designd the interest due in Janry as part of the sum. If You can other ways provide for me I would not break in upon his plan. I have purchased 30 Bushels of Oats the price 2.10 pence pr Bushel. I must soon procure an other load of hay. Savil has carted 30 load of seaweed. He has not yet call'd for his pay. Our people have carted 13 load and very different ones from Savils. His object was to get up three loads pr day, and load all himself. It could not be large. I have as you directed, askd Mr. Pratt for his Account. He will bring it in a few days. I have payd Arnold and he is gone for the present. Thus much for Business.

I received Thomas Letter of december 9th and will write him soon. It already seems a long time since You left me. I fear I shall not be able to look forward to your return at so early a period as the last year.



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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 20 December 1793 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/
Original manuscript: Adams, Abigail. Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 20 December 1793. 4 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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