My dearest Friend
I received last evening by my obliging Neighbour Captain Beats Your kind Letters of Febry. 4th [John to Abigail, 04 February 1794] [John to Abigail, 04 February 1794 (second)] , and before I reply to them I would inform You that our venerable parent has appeard to revive for these two days past, her disorder has proved a Lung fever. The Dr. advised to a puke two days ago. She was rather averse to it, wishing rather as She expresst herself to dye in quiet. She had labourd under a great sickness at her Stomack which made her loath both food and medicine. It appeared to me likely to give her relief and I urged her to it promising to attend her through it. Well She replied if you say so, it must be so. The Girls when they bring me any thing, do not say the Dr. says You must take it, but Aunt Adams says so, and then they are sure it will go down. We accordingly gave the puke and it opperated kindly, since which She has rested better, expectorated freer, and for the present appears relieved. She inquired of me a few days since if I had written to you of her sickness. I told her that I had. She took me by the hand, and bursting into Tears, give my Love and blessing to him. I shall never see my dear Son again." I am happy in having so far anticipated your reqest as not to have given Your Brother occasion to expend a shilling upon her account. I have mentiond to you in a Letter already forwarded what I had done. Should the Melancholy event which we apprehend take place I shall punctually adhere to your directions. Such I presumed they would be and that led me to ask them, and further I had thought to remove the venerable Remains to this House, as it might be considerd on additional respect to them to have them intered from hence. These circumstances will remain in my breast only, unless circumstances call them into action.
I received by this Post 30 pounds. As the drought was forwarded to our Son, and You made no mention of it in your Letter I am at a loss to determine whether you forwarded it towards the discharge of Pratts account, or whether You conceived I might have occasion for it, for purpose mentioned in your private Letter. Having
The Political part of your Letters I must defer replying to till the next post. Mrs. Field is upon the Recovery. Mrs. Brisler and Family well, but since I have returnd from Philadelphia so many persons have not been sick in Town and Children, appear to be voilently attacked with fever. I have happily yet escaped any confinement.
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