Adams Family Correspondence, volume 8

John Adams to Abigail Adams Smith

Abigail Adams to John Adams

John Adams to William Stephens Smith, 11 November 1788 Adams, John Smith, William Stephens
John Adams to William Stephens Smith
Braintree, Nov. 11th, 1788. Dear Sir:

I was much obliged to you for a letter by Mr. Nesbit of Philadelphia, and am very sorry I could not have more of his company.1 He was much esteemed, I find, in Boston.


I wished for you, when he was here, because you could never have a better opportunity of seeing your old military friends. We had a review of the militia, upon my farm; and a battle that threw down all my fences. I wish, however, that Governor Hancock and General Lincoln would not erect their military reputations upon the ruins of my stone walls. Methinks I hear you whisper, it won't be long ere they erect their civil and political characters upon some other of your ruins. If they do, I shall acquiesce, for the public good: Lincoln I esteem very much: the other, I respect as my governor.

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You have many friends here, who constantly inquire after your health and happiness. They all would be glad to see you, but none of them so sincerely rejoiced, as your affectionate,

John Adams.

MS not found. Printed from AA2, Jour. and Corr. , 2:106–107.


The letter has not been found. Mr. Nesbit is probably John Maxwell Nesbitt (ca. 1730– 1802), a prominent Philadelphia merchant and director of the Bank of North America ( DAB ).