Adams Family Correspondence, volume 2

John Adams to Abigail Adams, 19 January 1777 JA AA John Adams to Abigail Adams, 19 January 1777 Adams, John Adams, Abigail
John Adams to Abigail Adams
Poughkeepsie Jan. 19. 1777

There is too much Ice in Hudsons River to cross it in Ferry Boats and too little to cross it, without, in most Places, which has given Us 147the Trouble of riding up the Albany Road as far as this Place, where We expect to go over on the Ice, but if We should be dissappointed here, We must go up as far as Esopus about fifteen miles farther.

This, as well as Fish-kill is a pretty Village. We are almost wholly among the Dutch—Zealous against the Tories, who have not half the Tranquillity here that they have in the Town of Boston, after all the Noise that has been made about N. York Tories.

We are treated with the Utmost Respect, wherever We go, and have met with nothing like an Insult, from any Person whatever. I heard ten Reflections, and twenty Sighs and Groans, among my Constituents to one here.

I shall never have done hoping that my Countrymen will contrive some Coup de main, for the Wretches at Newport. The Winter is the Time. Our Enemies have divided their Force. Let Us take Advantage of it.

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs. John Adams Braintree”; added on the cover in the hand of Isaac Smith Sr.: “Yrs. IS”; docketed in pencil by AA.

John Adams to Abigail Adams, 20 January 1777 JA AA John Adams to Abigail Adams, 20 January 1777 Adams, John Adams, Abigail
John Adams to Abigail Adams
Bethlehem Orange County, State of N. York January 20. 1777

This Morning We crossed the North River at Poughkeepsie, on the Ice, after having ridden many Miles on the East side of it to find a proper Place. We landed at New Marlborough, and passed through that and Newborough Newburgh to New Windsor, where We dined. This Place is nearly opposite to Fish kill, and but little above the Highlands, where Fort Constitution and Fort Montgomery stand. The Highlands are a grand Sight, a range of vast Mountains, which seem to be rolling like a tumbling Sea.—From New Windser, We came to this Place, Where We put up, and now We have a free and uninterrupted Passage in a good Road to Pensilvania.

General Washington with his little Army is at Morris town. Cornwallis with his larger one at Brunswick. Oh that the Continental Army was full. Now is the Time.

My little Horse holds out, finely, altho We have lost much Time and travelled a great deal of unnecessary Way, to get over the North River.

We have Reports of our Peoples taking Fort Washington again, and taking 400 more Prisoners and six more Pieces of Cannon—but as I 148know not the Persons who bring these Accounts I pay no Attention to them.

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs. John Adams Braintree”; added on the cover in the hand of Isaac Smith Sr.: “Ys. i.e. Yours IS”; docketed in pencil by AA.