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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 28 February - 1 March 1794

Your mother is still living and no otherways worse than [weather?]

My dearest Friend

I Yesterday received your favours of the 17th of this Month [John to Abigail, 17 February 1794 (second)] . I was attending at the sick Bed of our dear Parent, from whence for six weeks I have been seldom absent unless a Nights; my Health would not permit me to be with her then. She You will find by a letter recieved before this date, had anticipated your wishes, and sent You her blessing. Upon me She hourly bestows them, and I never quit her but with her grateful acknowledgements to me for every little attention I can render her even to giving me pain. She is weaker, her decline is gradual, but thank God She does not suffer severe pain. I have past through this Month without being confined as in two former years. I have had a Slight attack or two, but by taking an emetick it went off. I cannot feel sufficiently thankfull as I have been enabled to "Make langour Smile, and Smooth the Bed of death."

I sent your Lattin to John I should like to puzzel You as much I have not said a word of the late movements in Boston. As he was upon the Spot, I supposed he would give You an Accurate Statement of them. You will learn before this reaches, You that the Federalists carried their points, and by a very great majority. Not only this, but I was assured Yesterday that they were determined, that Honestus should quit the Senate and Jarvis the House at the next election, and that Judge Cushing should be Placed in the Chair. We shall soon see if they have the wisdom and power they claim. This meeting originated with the Jacobin Soceity who have recieved a check from which they will not soon recover. I was much diverted with the account I received yesterday of a certain weather cock. The General Court were sitting upon the Impeachment of Hunt, and this person was obliged to leave the meeting to attend. When he went out of the meeting he was with the majority who were in favour of some resolves which past at a former meeting. During his absence the reasoning and Arguments of the Minority became so convincing that in poling for the vote the Minority had now

become the majority. Just as this juncture he returnd, and upon entering the Hall, he limp'd first to one side, and then to the other not knowing in the crowd what had happened, and finally fix'd himself in the minority, upon which an acquaintance, cry'd out "ah Jemmy thou are caught this time" to the utter dismay of the Camelion

You observe that Congress have done little Business, except preserve their Country from going to war. That is a Service inestimable in my account, and time and disenssion have unfolded to this people the views and designs of Foreign Courts and Countries towards them, which will ultimately benefit them.

I thank you for the Register which will be very usefull to me. I received Mr. Brislers Letter and Bill of landing. You will give directions what ground you would have saved and what planted with corn. I am now so full of Buisness that I scarcly know which to do first. I have 5 hands and two Teams employd in sliding the stone over the pond. We have had hard frosts, and now a slight snow of a couple of Inches which we are improving whilst it lasts. The Ground has yet kept so hard frozen that I have not heard of a single person who have begun taring. We shall begin with the first. We have a large Quantity of posts and Rails brought which as Belcher is so good a hand at making that he will go to it as soon as he can. We have not yet got all our wood home. Shaw I expect in about a week or ten days at furthest I shall place him at present upon the upper place Porter was not satisfied with the Terms you offerd, and I did not make any new ones to him. I cannot yet say who will go upon the other place. When the land is cleard and sweetned We may increase our stock. Cows and all stock is high. 18 and 20 dollors is the price of a good Cow. Faxon has two already calf'd, but I could not prevail with him to raise the calfs. We have one which is raising and 9 Lambs. We have not yet lost any, but We are obliged to feed the Sheep with corn. If Belcher thinks we can accomodate more cows here I will buy three as soon as I can. We have salt Hay in abundance. We cannot put any more stock upon the other place to feed with Hay, as the Hay must be divided upon the 20 of May and Faxon is very contrary, tho he does himself as he pleases. I had some trouble to get his Team for the buisness we are about.

We must hire the peice of land belonging to the Heirs of Thayers Sister. I think he told me that he gave four pounds the last year and that a Major Penniman is Guardian. I rather think We shall conclude to take the Man who accompanied Shaw and of whom Shaw gives a good Character, as upon Dr. Tufts inquiry respecting Richards it proved a Family different than the one he supposed it to be. I can have Joy if I chuse and upon the same terms with Shaw which is that of only finding Wood during the Summer. Young Stock must be sent out after. I shall have occasion for the following large Articles, a Load of English Hay some time in March a Barrel of Molasses and a hundred of Brown Sugar which would be best purchased soon, as their is a prospect for the fluctuating state of things that they will be much higher I have a prospect of 8 Barrels of cider. I should be glad You would let Brisler procure me a couple of Barrels of superfine flour and 50 wt. of loaf sugar which last will be a Years Stock for me. You will think whether it is best to send some porter round.

Newcombs papers came safe. Arnold is with me and I shall engage him through the Month of March. There is no want of buisness. I hope my Health may be continued and then I shall go through every care with pleasure provided I can give satisfaction.

I am now and ever most affectionately Yours,
A Adams

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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 28 February - 1 March 1794 [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, 28 February - 1 March 1794. 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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