My dearest Friend
I have just now received your favour of the 12th [Abigail to John, 12 January 1794] . The Mail from the Eastward has been unusually delayed by bad Roads I suppose, or Obstructions to the Passage of the Rivers.
Your Letter is a feast to me -- am happy to learn you have so good a Neighbour.
It is not worth while for Barneveld to continue long to altercate with such a loose head as Americanus. Your similitude of the Eagle and Snake are is very apposite.
You have in the Papers all that passes here. The New Senators are not all of them quite so good as the old ones. The Funding System the Bank and all publick Credit is struck at: but without success. The Spirit of Party is very subtle although very violent. But I trust will be defeated. The Democratical Societies which it is said are to correspond with each other have a Tendency to carry Party Spirit to its hight and to produce more Shases Rebellious. It is Malancholly that every Thing in France as well as America should conspire so perfectly to demonstrate over again all my Books.
Judge Peters and his Lady present their Respects to you and desire me to inclose a Receipt to cure the Ague.
I drank Tea last Evening with Dr. Rush. He seems worn and weakened by his great Exertions and fatigues and sickness altogether: but is still agreable and chearful. He enquired after your health and sends his respects &c. He had an Aweful summer of last.
I sent you 200 hundred dollars. Have you received it? We have two days of cold Weather and it now snows so fast that I hope We shall have a close February and March.
The Police will not cleanse the Streets of this City and I fear they will repent of it next summer.
Dr. Green thinks the Plague from the Levant was brought in the Marseielles last Year.
Thomas is well and all the rest. I fear too that Cheesman is lost but will still hope for him.
I am afraid I shall not get home till June. Not that We need still so long: but We will.
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