My Dearest Friend
I received by the last post your Letters of the following dates 21 [John to Abigail, 21 December 1795] inclosing the post Note, 24 [John to Abigail, 24 December 1795] [John to Abigail, 24 December 1795 (second)] , 25 and 30th [John to Abigail, 30 December 1795] for all of which accept my thanks; we have been so unfortunate I presume as to lose Letters by a Melancholy ship wreck the last week. A vessel belonging to Mr Lamb on Board of which was a Brother of Mr Lambs by whom I wrote to our Sons, in comeing in last week was in one of our Winter Gales and Snow-Storms cast away near Salem. The Captain Mackey a dutch Gentleman and 2 others were drownd, Mr Lamb and one or two others were washd on shore a live, but vessel cargo intirely lost. Our Neighbours are in great anxiety for their Eldest Son Benjamin whom they heard had saild ten weeks ago from Hamburgh bound to N York. A vessel which saild with him has been in more than a Month.
You observe in one of Your Letters that you wish to hear my observations upon Randolphs pamphlet. There does not appear to me any thing clear about it, or in it, but the Mans Duplicity, weakness, Gullability and vanity. He represents the president as in leading strings, and between our selves, I cannot but think, that he had gaind too great an assendency over the mind of the President, considering how very weak a Man he appears. You know my judgment of him in the very first Letter he wrote to Hammond after he was Secretary of State. You know my sentiments of his Predecessor and my Friendship for him, how loth I have been to see him a partizen
The complexion of the Senate is highly favourable. The House will have time to shew themselves.
The constitution in France appears to be organizing. Seyes wisely declind belonging to the executive.
I thank Mrs Washington for her kind invitation as well as for her frequent remembrance of me. The high esteem and regard which I entertain for her would render such a visit peculiarly agreable to me, were all other circumstances favourable to it, but I never expect to go further than to visit my Children;
I shall go to no expence that I can avoid. I daily know that expences, I can not say increase, but the value of Money diminishes. I was presented last week with a Tax Bill of a hundred and 87 Dollars 50 cents for the Small Town of Quincy. I shall however take the Liberty to pay my doctors Bill, and other necessary expences before I attend to what my Neighbours do not discharge in a Year after us. Last week our people compleated casting Manure upon Quincys Medow 60 Loads that is cart bodys full. The Ground was so soft it would not admit of loading deeper and it is all spread. Copland says as well as if you had been here. He wants half a dozen more load to cover the whole which he hopes to get by and by.
Mrs Brisler and Family were well.Yesterday she danced as nimbly as the Youngest of them, the night before new Year.
PS I believe You have become a favorite at Court You dine so often.
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