Come celebrate with us!

Visit our homepage» for more details about the engaging programs, educational activities, publications, and exhibitions we have planned throughout the year.

Adams Family Papers : An Electronic Archive
Next Letter (by date)
Previous Letter (by date)

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 13 December 1798


My Dearest Friend

Your Letters of Nov. 29, Dec. 2. and 3 affect me very tenderly. The low Spirits, Effects of long and exhausting sickness are apparent: but these are Evils of a serious nature. I pray you to banish as much as possible all gloomy Thoughts and be very cautious to avoid every thing which may endanger a return of your old Disorders.

To reconcile you to your fate I have a great mind to give you a detail of mine. A Peck of Troubles in a large Bundle of Papers often in a hand Writing almost illegible, comes every day from the Office of Office of Office of &c. &c. &c. Thousands of sea Letters Medeterranean Passes and Commissions and Patents to sign. No Company. No society. idle unmeaning Ceremony. Family Vices, Follies, Extravagance, shiftlessness and Health, sinking for what I know under my Troubles and fatigues.


You and I, seem to have arrived prematurely at the Age when there is no pleasure.

All this is not the Resignation of Socrates.

I cannot encourage the Idea of your coming on to Phyladelphia. The horrid Roads and cold damp Weather would put an End to you.

I hope our dear Thomas will arrive and chear you up. I am with unalterable affection,

J.A.


[Endorsement -- see page image]



Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 13 December 1798 [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, 13 December 1798. 3 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
Next Letter (by date)
Previous Letter (by date)