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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 19 November 1794

My dearest Friend

I received by Saturdays post yours of Novbr. 8th, and was happy to find that you had got well to Philadelphia, and that there was a fair prospect of Peace on all Sides. I was fear full that they would make a Senate before you reachd Philadelphia. But his conduct is much like the Man, unsteady and wavering. The Democrats have found a Spirit in the Body of the people too enlightened, and too sensible to their own happiness, and the Welfare of the Country, to second their views, in the manner they flatterd themselves. Mr. Ames's Election has dampd their Spirits here; and tho Jones upon the Stage in pasts month, in the character of a servant, who was puzzling his Wits for his masters Support, Breaks out, that he knew not what to do now unless to invent Lies for the Boston Chronical, (Ben still goes on lying) This peace of wit, in the actor, produced a roar of Laughter through the whole house, which was followd by a Clap in unison, and proved more fully than fifty essays the estimation in which that paper is held. Tis said Genll. Shepard is elected in the Eastern district, instead of Lyman.

I made my visit last week to Haverhill and found my Sister as well as I expected, tho at times Low in Spirits. She desired me to make her gratefull acknowledgments to you for the aid afforded to her Son, Without that assistance

she should not have ventured to have continued him at Colledge after the present year. I am assured that the overseers will grant him every aid in their power, so that he will not be any great expence to his Mother for his Education. Captain Brooks says that the Tennant cannot live in the Farm House at Medford an other Year, that the House is now proped up with Timber and Stakes, and that they are in Danger every Storm. I talked with Mrs. Shaw. She would sell her part, if she could vest the property in any real estate equally productive, but she has referd herself wholy to Dr. Tufts to do for her as he would act for a Daughter of his own in the same circumstances. She says, if she Builds she must morgage the interest for a number of Years, which under her present circumstances, she knows not how to do without. May Dr. Tufts be collecting material this winter for Building?

With regard to Home, the last week our people finishd the potatoes and carted manure, one day brought up three scow loads of sea weed making 18 loads and would have got another, but Mrs. Pope took it into her Head that bringing off the sea weed, would leave the Farm exposed to be washed away with the sea, so our people lost a tide being obliged to remove to an other place to load. The westerly winds and high tides had carried it off from our own ground. Last Saturday and several days through the week we had severe weather, and considerable Snow. The sea has made round the Shoar so that at present no more sea weed

can be got in that way. Savil and Nightingale have cleard the shore Line. The latter brought his account yesterday. 28 [illegible] Load for which I payd him. Bracket and Savil have not yet brought theirs, We have got home our new Wheels, Splitting Hills and getting out the remainder of the Manure will be the next object. The Winter however approaches fast. Shaw suits me exactly. The 5 oclock hour does not find me in Bed. The Sun is just now rising and promising a fine day.

to your ever affectionate
Abigail Adams

Mrs. Brisler and Family are well and are to keep thanksgiving here tomorrow.

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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 19 November 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, 19 November 1794. 4 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcription.
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