Adams Family Correspondence, volume 8

Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson

Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Adams

Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson, 27 June 1787 Adams, Abigail Jefferson, Thomas
Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson
London june 27 1787 dear sir

I had the Honour of addressing you yesterday and informing you of the safe arrival of your daughter. She was but just come when I sent of my Letter by the post, & the poor little Girl was very 94unhappy being wholy left to strangers this however lasted only a few Hours, & miss is as contented to day as she was misirable yesterday. She is indeed a fine child. I have taken her out to day and purchased her a few articles which she could not well do without & I hope they will meet your approbation. The Girl who is with her is quite a child, and captain Ramsey is of opinion will be of so little service that he had better carry her back with him, but of this you will be a judge. she seems fond of the child and appears good Naturd.

I sent by yesterdays post a Number of Letters which captain Ramsey brought with him not knowing of any private hand, but mr Trumble has just calld to let me know that a Gentleman sets off for Paris tomorrow morning. I have deliverd him two Letters this afternoon received, and requested him to wait that I might inform you how successfull a Rival I have been to captain Ramsey, & you will find it I imagine as difficult to Seperate miss Polly from me as I did to get her from the Captain. She stands by me while I write & asks if I write every day to her pappa? but as I have never had so interesting a subject to him to write upon [. . . .] hope he will excuse the hasty scrips for the [. . .] intelligence they contain, and be assured dear Sir / that I am with Sentiments / of sincere esteem your / Humble Servant

A Adams

RC (DLC:Jefferson Papers); endorsed: “Adams mrs̃.” Some loss of text due to a torn manuscript.