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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 11 May 1794

[This letter is dated incorrectly. Adams Papers editors have redated this letter 11 May 1794, based on the content of the letter. ]

My dearest Friend

This day has been our May meeting and without clubs or even drunkeness, tho we have little purity to boast of in that respect. Our Election has been calmly carried, and your Brother chosen. It seems the Name is in high estimation, as the Prophet Samll. find himself not only first but second, being Elected by the people both Govenour and Liut. Govenour which I believe is the first instance of the kind in this State. The Land I wrote you about was this day sold for more than a hundred pounds as your Brother informs me, and concequently I was out bidden. Dr. Phips purchased it, as your Brother supposes with an intention of Building upon it. The Town have agreed to sell the front seats in the Meeting House for pews, and Your Brother has told them that they shall have that in which we sit, for the use of the Age, at what it will fetch and he means to purchase for you one of the others. I tell him I chuse that upon the right hand. I suppose they will be high, as that of old Captain Beals was sold a few weeks ago at 40 pounds. Captain Beal will purchase one of them I presume.

Dr. Bracket of this Town lies dead. He was getting into practise and was much esteemed. Mr. Howard who Maried Your Aunt dyed last Saturday. Your Mother I think

is better than She was a week ago. We are extreemly dry here, quite as much so as the last Spring. We have but little News. If as tis reported Robert Spear is absconded from Paris, some important change will take place in their affairs. He may however have a hydra Head. I see by the N. York papers that the Gullitine has been advertized to be seen there. I think it should be as "advertized in England," "Here is to seen the Goulitine of the French, and the Wild Beasts."

I begin to expect your return, and one week of expectation will appear longer than a Month when I know you fixt. I am sorry that the dry weather will give to my labours so unfavourable an appearence.

Present me kindly to all inquiring Friends and, as ever I am wholy Yours,
A Adams

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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 11 May 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, 11 May 1794. 3 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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