My Dearest Friend
I received your two kind favours last Evening of March 2d [John to Abigail, 02 March 1794] and 13th, the Seasons I belive have been very near alike both here and with you. We have had Several days of warm and muggy weather, the Ground thawing the Slug and Miller very industerous, and as the scripture assures us that tis Lawfull to do good upon the Sabbeth, my people are employd in annoying these destructive Enemies, who make not the Sabbeth a day of rest; I hope our care and early attention will put an effectual Stop to their career. Our Neighbours are pretty generally taking the Same precaution, tho they have been too neglegent of the Season; I wish you to enable me as soon as possible, to Send out for Stock. Cows are in such demand that they rise in price every day. Mr. Randolph is after 20, and Many others are in quest of them. I should have Sent the comeing week if I could.
I am much dissapointed at your loss. As I know not how to help myself here I want about 3 hundred dollors. One hundred and 50 I Shall Send out for stock. We cannot expect to get Cows under 20 and Some have been sold at 23 Dollors. We have two calves which we are raising. I have got a Barrel of Rum and a Barrel of Molasses a hundred of Sugar, which come to 54 Dollors.
What you mention respecting L n I am Sorry to learn. I always had a good opinion of him. Poor Humane Nature, How few of thy ospring are "firm and steady to their trust, inflexible in ill and Strictly just."
I never knew so little of what was passing in Congress. We have only mutilated Speaches and as to the Senate we are not informd of a Single movement. How was Gallitan Election determind?
I am like to be in trouble in my own Family. Polly Howard is taken Sick with the prevailing Lung fever. I hope a well timd bleeding may Save her. I have hopes of the Recovery of our parent. "Let none despair She Says, if I recover, it may be calld a Resurection from the Dead." I cannot Say She is out of Danger, but She is certainly better, tho her cough is still very bad, and She is extreemly weak and low.
My Love to Thomas. I have so many cares upon me that I do not get time to write to him so often as I wish. I am my dearest Friend
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