Adams Family Correspondence, volume 8

Abigail Adams to Mary Smith Cranch

Abigail Adams to Mary Smith Cranch

Abigail Adams to William Smith, 10 August 1789 Adams, Abigail Smith, William
Abigail Adams to William Smith
Richmond Hill 10 August 1789 my Dear Sir

Give me leave to congratulate you & mrs Smith upon the Birth of a Daughter. I hope both the Mamma and Infant are in good Health, as well as master William my Grandchildren are much afflicted with the Hooping cough we have had a succession of extreem Hot weather, and tho we have one of the most airy situations near the 402city, I have sufferd much from the Heat. It would make us very happy to see you here, and if mrs Smith should not Nurse her little one, a journey would serve her Health as soon as the weather grows cooler. mr Guild gave us the slip, quit unexpectedly. I expected to have seen him before he left New-York. tho I find many good things here, there are some, which either from local attachment, or real superiority I prefer from my own state, in concequence of which I must trouble you with a commission. it is to procure me a keg of Tongues & 2 doz Hams of mr Baldwin1 & forward them by Barnard or any other opportunity, together with the account which shall be paid to Barnard. the Hams here are misirable so is the Butter I propose getting mine all from Massachusets as soon as the weather will permitt. present me affectionatly to all my Friends and / be assured of the sincere Regard / of your affectionate Friend

A Adams

RC (MHi:Smith-Townsend Papers); addressed by WSS: “Mr: William Smith. / Merchant / Boston”; endorsed: “New York. Augt 89 / A Adams—”


Enoch Baldwin, a butcher, operated first out of Faneuil Hall and later from Salt Lane in Boston (Boston, 27th Report, p. 20, 23; Boston Directory, 1796, p. 15).