Adams Family Correspondence, volume 8

353 John Adams to Abigail Adams, 14 May 1789 Adams, John Adams, Abigail
John Adams to Abigail Adams
New York May 14. 1789 My dearest Friend

I have recd yours of the 5th.— If you think it best, leave Thomas at Colledge: but I pray you to come on with Charles, as soon as possible.— as to the Place let my Brother plough and plant if he will, as much as he will. He may Send me, my half of the Butter Cheese &c here.— As to Money to bear your Expences you must if you can borrow of some Friend enough to bring you here. if you cannot borrow enough, you must Sell Horses Oxen Sheep Cowes, any Thing at any Rate rather than not come on.— if, no one will take the Place leave it to the Birds of the Air and Beasts of the Field: but at all Events break up that Establishment and that Household.— A great Part of the Furniture must be shipped for this Place. as to Daniel, he has a Wife and cannot leave her: besides he makes great wages where he is:1 but if you have a Mind to bring Daniel you may. We can do without him.

I have as many difficulties here, as you can have; public and private. but my Life from my Cradle has been a Series of difficulties and that Series will continue to the Grave,.— I hope Brisler will come; but if he cannot We can do without him.— I have taken Montiers House, on the North River, a mile out of Town. There is room enough and Accommodations of all sorts.—but no furniture.

I am &c, tenderly

John Adams

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs Adams / Braintree / near Boston”; notation: “free / John Adams.”


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William Stephens Smith to Abigail Adams, 14 May 1789 Smith, William Stephens Adams, Abigail
William Stephens Smith to Abigail Adams
Newyork May 14th. 1789. My dear Madam

I have the happiness of informing you that Mrs: Smith and the Boys are in high health and that your presence here as soon as you can possibly make it convenient will be very agreable and is in a great degree necessary— Mr. A has taken a House about one mile from the City as he has informed you, and in his Letters has said something about the removal of furniture— on this subject permit me to say that you cannot bring too much—for if the future arrangement of Congress should extend to the furnishing of your 354House the articles which you have, at a first estimate will me more advantageously employed than if you were to permit them to remain unused during the period which you will be absent from Braintee and if no provision of that kind should be made, you will save at least 2 or 300£ by bringing on what furniture you have for at present it is a very expensive article in this place— therefore I would advise that you should hire a good Sloop, let her be brought to the nearest landing place and well packed, and after she is loaded and ready to sail let Dr. Tufts insure her Cargo to this port valued sufficiently to cover the property & let her be ordered to proceed about one mile up the north river where we being informed of her arrival will pay the necessary attention to what she convey's— she can then proceed to within 100 yards of the House & the expence & risk of land Carriage be avoided— in this way if Briessler Comes he can with convenience bring his family &c— you will notice I am in haste & remain / Sincerely yours &c.

W: S. Smith

RC (Adams Papers).