Adams Family Correspondence, volume 3

Abigail Adams to James Lovell, 12 June 1778 AA Lovell, James Abigail Adams to James Lovell, 12 June 1778 Adams, Abigail Lovell, James
Abigail Adams to James Lovell
Dear Sir Braintree, 12 June 1778 1

Will you forgive my so often troubling you with my fears and anxieties; Groundless as some of them have been they were real to me for a time, and had all the force of truth upon me. I most sincerely wish my present uneasiness may arise from as ficticious a cause as the former proved to be but from many circumstances I fear it will not. Tis near four months since the Boston saild, in all which time we have not received the least inteligance from her, a vessel arrived from France in a passage of 32 days and did not leave France till after the Boston had been out 7 weeks, but neither saw or heard any thing of her. Last week there was I am told a paragraph in the Newport paper taken from the New york Gazzet that the Boston was taken and carried into Portsmouth with the Name of the Ship which took her, but what date I know not. There was no mention of Mr. Adams'es being on board which is the only reason I have to think that posibly she might be taken after landing him.

Tis full time if he was safe to hear from him. My anxiety daily in-42creases, and I write to you Sir who have been acquainted with sorrow and affliction in various shapes, enduring with unshaken fortitude the Horrours of Capitivity and chains, in hopes that you will communicate to me some share of that hidden strength, which Throws out into practice Virtues which shun the day, and lie conceal'd In the smooth Seasons, and the calms of life that I may endure this misfortune with becomeing fortitude, and to request of you to inform me what Steps congress will take in consequence of it. Will they endeavour an exchange immediately, or is it possibal that his most christian Majesty will demand him as an Ambassador from the united States of America.2

Dft (Adams Papers); docketed by JQA: “to James Lovell,” to which CFA added: “June 1778.” Text incomplete; see note 2.


Missing RC bore date of 12 June; see Lovell's acknowledgment of 3 July, below.


Dft is quite evidently incomplete, for the last five, possibly six, words were added in what appears to the present editors to be AA2's hand.

Abigail Adams to John Thaxter, 12 June 1778 AA Thaxter, John Abigail Adams to John Thaxter, 12 June 1778 Adams, Abigail Thaxter, John
Abigail Adams to John Thaxter
Dear Sir June 12 1778

My spirits are rather low, I do not feel in any great moode for useing my pen, yet I cannot let this opportunity slip without expressing my concern for your Health. The Humour you complain of, is a sad compound I fear, among the ingredients the Salt Rhume is of the most obstinate and inveterate kind as I can assure you by sad experience. I have tried many things with little or no Effect. Where it once takes possession it will not be removed, and in you and me it claims a Hereditary right. But if it continues to harass you, I would advise you to return and go into a Regular course of phthick physic and diet.

You would be surprized I suppose if I should tell you that my Father was inoculated for the small pox and is this day Breaking out; he has it in this Town at Col. Quincys. I believe I mentiond to you in a former Letter that the whole Farms were under Inoculation for the small pox. Mr. Wibird has just recoverd from it.

Would it surprize you still more if I should carry you to a Barn at the Worlds End,1 and shew your Father just Breaking out with the same Disease; yet so it is. I would not write you an account of it till I had been myself to your Fathers and heard from your own Family how he was. He is comfortable and like to do well, your sisters are 43all well, 2 of them have had it full, your sister Hannah2 has not venturd. Your Father was inoculated 11 days ago and mine 10.

No News yet of the Boston, and tomorrow compleats 4 months since I committed my Happiness to the winds and waves. O when will it again be wafted Back to your Friend


RC (MB); addressed: “To Mr. John Thaxter York Town”; endorsed: “Mrs. Adams June. 1778.”


The tip of a peninsula in Hingham Bay.


Hannah Thaxter (1751–1807). See Adams Genealogy.