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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 9 February 1796

My Dearest Friend

I suppose some obstruction of Ice in the North River, prevented the Southern Post from arriving last Wednesday, which prevented me from getting any Letters from You, of a later date than Janry. 20th. [John to Abigail, 20 January 1796] the receipt of which I have already acknowledged. I hope to receive a large packet tomorrow. You will learn before this Letter reaches you I presume, the Fate of Jarvis and the Virginna resolutions. Jarvis last week got a motion made, which he seconded to take up the resolutions. He was opposed by Mr. Tudor, Sewall, Custice and others. The Dr. got warm, and voilent. His passion wrought up to an excess, the House adjournd for Dinner. Jarvis went home, eat his dinner and fell into strong convulsion fits, from which he was with difficulty recoverd. He has not since been able to attend the House. The news papers will give you the dissolution of the Resolves and the motions which were made to prop them up by a small party.

I have engaged the Braintree Farm to Burrel. He is to have 8 cows and 8 young cattle, to find the Team work himself, except the carting on the manure for the corn land which I shall have sleded up immediatly. The Farm here I consider as engaged to Mr. French and Bowditch who are Brothers by marriage. I shall

have the leases drawn in three Weeks from this time. If you think of any further directions than those You left You will write them to me. To Burrel I allow a cord and half of pine wood for the dairy, to French the use of the Team to get his wood. Wood has become so great expensive an article that all who have been to me to engage the places are very urgent upon that head. I have agreed to these terms, thinking it better to let such persons as were known to us have the places than strangers. Fovens has never applied, his wife is unable to take charge of the Dairy. I had a Mr. Cooke from Road Island last week to  [illegible hire the Quincy Farm. I could not recollect whether you meant to let a Horse with the oxen, or whether the Tenant would be allowd to bring one. I suppose you would prefer French, tho Cook had good recommendations, had hired a Farm of 200 acres [for] 5 Years which Farm was now sold. He however insisted upon being found wood for the Dairy. When these places are let, I shall feel my mind more at ease. I have agreed with them that they shall find all the Farm utensels except half the Dairy matters, and this as a Sort of equivelent for the whole of the Stock. I suppose they will be some articles which occasionally we must lend. You will send the Grass Seed in Season. We have had very fine Snow and cold Weather. I have not had my Health so well for many Years as this winter. I hope You can say the

same of your own. Mrs. Brisler and Family are well.

Affectionatly Yours,
A Adams

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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 9 February 1796 [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, 9 February 1796. 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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