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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 January 1797,"Mrs. Swan and her Daughters,..."


My Dearest Friend

Mrs. Swan and her Daughters, conducted by Mrs. Otis came into the Senate Chamber this morning to see the Room and Pictures. There I had Opportunities to see for the first time the fair young Ladies.

I send you Guillotina, the most wanton [?] of the whole ten -- dreadful Truths are told in jest. Dallas tho innocent, Dallas is much inured.

I have now received Votes from Kentucky the last state: but these could make no Alteration in the Destiny. All was settled before. More than a Month must intervene before the Declaration can be made. That will be on the 8.Feb.



Half the Town is out on the Delaware every Day as the whole Town of Amsterdam Used to be on the Amstell, when it was frozen over,Skaiting. I have not seen any Women however in skaits tho many are walking.

Mr. Greenleaf called to see me. He had commenced Suits against Marus & Nicholson for five hundred thousand Dollars. What will be the Fate of all these men I know not nor guess. I hear nothing from Smith. I wrote him but get no Answer. Poor Nabby!

Charles seems to be very busy. I hope he will get his Bread.

Ask Billings, after my Regards to him whether our noble Wall keeps off Captn. Baxters sheep or not.

My Duty to Mother and Love to all particularly to Louisa. Ask her if she will come to Philadelphia next Winter?

J A


[Endorsement -- see page image]



Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 January 1797 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/
Original manuscript: Adams, John. Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 January 1797. 3 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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