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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 16 January 1795


My Dearest Friend

I Yesterday received yours of Janry. 1st [John to Abigail, 01 January 1795] , 4th [John to Abigail, 04 January 1795] and 5th [John to Abigail, 05 January 1795] . I see by the papers the judicious Notion of Giles as It is an other Bone to pick; and brought forward with no other view or design, but to render himself popular with the Sans Culotts. I cannot help despiseing and abhoring a Man, who is governd by such base and sordid Motives. Giles face was allways my aversion and his Heart I detest, for I believe it desperately wicked. I think however that every precaution should be taken to prevent Foreigners from gaining too great an assendency in our Country, or taking any Share in our Government. A Long period of time they ought to be upon probation, and after all the precautions we can devise they will be too numerous and powerfull for us if the troubles abroad continue, and increase. I hope Amsterdam will not be obliged to surrender to the Arms of France, for altho I do not feel towards them, as I did whilst that worse than Borgia, Governd, Yet I am far from thinking they have returnd sufficiently to their reason to Govern themselves, or dictate any thing good to others.

Mr. Osgoods Sermon is going through a third Edition. There is adertiz'd an answer to it by de Novieu, a misirable performance tis said, and it is asscribed to Sullivan. It is neither Sense or Grammer, I have heard two Characteristic Marks of Sullivans performance's, but I rather think him too cunning to wage War against so popular a performance, especially for a Man, who I am informd drinks daily the Health of the President and Vice President at his table, and who has never dard openly to meet with, or give


his Sanction to the Jacobines. There is much conjecture who the writer of the Jacobiniad is. He is certainly a Man of Letters, and a Poet.

Master Cleverly is in great distress that the President, being a Church Man, should appoint a Thanksgiving during Lent. He shakes his Head, and says tis a very Arbitary thing. I suppose he cannot help connecting plumb pudding, Roast Turkey and Minced Pye. He cannot give thanks upon Eggs and fish.

It will always be thanksgiving Day to me, come at what time you will. It would be doubly so could I hear from our Sons. When you return I believe you must spend a day or two with Mrs Smith. She seems to be hurt that you pass on so rapidly and do not afford her a little more Time. She feels as if it was a want of affection in her parents, or of a proper Respect and Duty towards them from her and that the World will thus construe it.

I know your anxiety to get home, and I know all your Reasons. But at the same time I know you would not hurt or wound a deserving and affectionate Child.

I have received a Bill of Laiding from Mr. Brisler which I shall inclose to Mr Smith who has been very sick, with an inflamitory Rehumatism.

You will have received my Letter respecting flower, and some other things which I wrote to Mr Brisler about. He may get me a couple of hundred of Rye flower if you please. I give 8 Shillings for Rye here, and I cannot get Hay, as yet at a less Price than 5 and 9 pence per hundred and grain is so high. The Democrats  [illegible have no


need to exclaim against the Salleries. I am sure they are pretty effectually lower 'd. Grain is twice as high as it was when they were Granted; so are all the necessaries of Life, but there is no end of their mad and absurd plots.

I had it in mind whether the canker worm would not go up, but I supposed instinct would teach them that they could not find nourishment. The weather is not quite Winter, cold tho the Ground is not coverd yet being icy and a little Snow. One Team has been employd in sleding the manure across the Meddow from Joys. I presume they will compleat it to day. The other in getting the Stones from the common and this at a time when they could go in the Woods to good purpose, but I would not neglect the only opportunity we have had this Winter for this Business.

Present me most dutifully to the President and Mrs Washington. They are both too good to be persecuted. Yet blessed are  [illegible they says a high Authority when Men Revile and Speak evil falsly, of them.

Louis desins me to present her duty to you and many thanks for your kind Present. I am very anxious for her. Her Health declines and she is pale as death, yet makes no complaint, but weakness. I know you will say it is want of exercise which has brought her to it. I should think so more, if each of her Sisters had not past through a similar Weakness and debility. Hers has been increasd by returns of the Ague.

I am my Dearest Friend most affectionately yours
A. Adams


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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 16 January 1795 [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, 16 January 1795. 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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