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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 February 1797


My dearest Friend

I hope you will not communicate to any body the hint I give you about our Prospects: but they appear every day worse and worse. House Rent at 2700 dollars a Year, 1500 dollars for a Carriage, 1000 for one Pair of Horses. All the Glasses, ornaments, kitchen furniture, the best Chairs, settees, Plateaus &c. all to purchase. All the China Delph or Wedgwood, Glass and Crockery of every sort to purchase, and not a farthing probably will the H. of R. allow tho the Senate have voted a small addition. All the Linnen besides.

I shall not pretend to keep more than one Pair of Horses for a Carriage and one for a saddle.

Secretaries, Servants, wood, Charities which are demanded as Rights, and the Million Dittoes present such a Prospect as is enough to disgust any one. Yet not one Word must We say.

We cannot go back. We must Stand our Ground as long as We can. Dispose of our Places with the help of our Friend Dr. Tufts as well as you can. We are impatient for News. But that is always so at this season. I am tenderly your

J.A.


Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 4 February 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, 4 February 1797. 1 page. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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