My dearest Friend
Yours of the 17th
[John to Abigail, 17 May 1794]
came this day to me. I do not know to what to ascribe the failure of my letters unless our son forgot to put them into the post office. I wrote you twice upon the very week of which you complain; and tho I have not faild. writing to you once a week ever since you left me, I have not very often written twice. But some Business that week occurd which I wanted your opinion of. That Morton is chosen a Rep. is not more disgracefull to Boston than that some others hold a Seat there, or than Austin is to the Senate but in concequence of their having such men they have as a Town, much less weight in the Legislature than they used to have, and the Federalists may blame themselves for their careless Supineness. I never approved of the measures adopted by them with respect to the choice of Governor, but they must have been much misrepresented to you. The contest if it may be called one was only between two candidates and that maintaind with more Decency and decorum than any Election in any State out of N. England. Not a tenth part of the opposition to either which upon Several Elections I have known takes place. With respect to Hancock
I received a Book and letter for you to day. The Book is dedicated to you and is the History of the County of Worcester by Revd. Peter Whitney of Northborough.
I have been much gratified in reading it. As you return home I wish you would get one of Thomas Bibles. He has printed three Editions and is preparing to print two others.
The weather is cooler to Day. A Small Shower yesterday in Boston and Cambridge of which we got not a drop has however coold the air. God Grant it may be our turn soon, or Man and Beast will Suffer. Hay is very generally expended, and the drought raises the price prodigiously. I am my Dearest Friend with the fond hope of giving you more than the Fraternal embrace, even that of an affectionate Wife
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