My Dearest Friend
I received by the post Yours of March 3d.
[John to Abigail, 03 March 1797]
[John to Abigail, 05 March 1797]
. I had previously received the Speach which I think well calculated to do great Good. I am much out of the way of hearing the observations which will be made upon it. As it is a publication to the people, of your real Sentiments and opinions I hope it will be considerd and believed as such, and have a tendency to remove prejudices. I do not wonder at your Sleepless Night. The bare reading the Speach interested my feelings so much as to have a similar effect upon me. The Idea of a so sacred and solemn a transaction could not fail to impress your mind with anxious Solisitude. I think Genll. Washington judged right in giving weight to the Solemnity by his presence. It will not fail to add Luster to the transaction in the Eyes of all Foreign Nations and be honorable to his successor. The vice Presidents Speach will have a favourable Effect and confirm the opinion which I have ever had of him. In Spight of the virulence of party, which is at present dorment, all parties said Mr. Black who had been sometime in Boston, appear to be pleasd and happy with the Election. Not a single person have I heard express a sentiment to the contrary. I was pleasd with a Toast drunk by some scholars at Cambridge. Adams and Jefferson
As to domestick arrangments I am not fearfull to trust them to Brisler. He must do as well as he can with respect to Female help. When the Time approaches for my going I will advertize for such as I want. I should chuse not to send any from home, untill I go, unless it may be thought best that Mrs. Brisler should go on soon. As we cannot entertain Company half so often as the late President, I should hope not to want so numerous a Household, and be relieved in some measure from a weight of care and torment. I will however never relinquish my Right of direction and controul over the Household to no Steward or Housekeeper. I believe half the torment experienced, was oweing to that cause. In Brisler we know we have the Man of Honour and integrity. There was due to Brisler on the 15 of Febry. 30 pound which You will pay him, as I presume his Family will want it, and I wish you to give him a decent Suit of Cloaths as a token of his Faithfull Services.
Brisler had better make out a List of the furniture in the House such as he thinks will do to remain. I suppose Family Linnen must be purchased immediatly. I would advise not to procure more than for
I shall be anxious to hear again from you, and let me know how you are. March has been a trying month to me. I have combatted hard not to be laid up. Poor Mary Smith Louissa sister is far gone in a consumption. We have very little hopes of her recovery. Mrs. Brisler and Family are well.
I shall be happy not to be obliged to come on untill you find it necessary to return to Philadelphia. It would be an expence and I would avoid every unnecessary expence for I could not use the horses which I have nor travel without four if I used the Coach. Mr. Smith was advising me the other Day to get the bright marks, colour &c. of your Horses and Wood of Charlstown who buys many horses. Would be like to procure a pr. at a much more reasonable rate than can be bought at the Southard. I should wish in that case to part with three of ours but this must be as you think best.
I am my dearest Friend most affectionatly and tenderly Yours,