Adams Family Correspondence, volume 9

John Adams to Abigail Adams, 24 November 1792 Adams, John Adams, Abigail
John Adams to Abigail Adams
My dearest Friend Hartford Nov. 24. 1792

The Weather has been so disagreable and the Roads so bad, that I have not been able to advance farther on my Journey than to Bulls Tavern in this Town where I arrived last night after an unpleasant ride in the snow from Springfield.1 It Snowed all last night and has blocked up the roads so that I cannot move onwards till monday.

I have fallen into Several curious Conversations, on the road, which however would be too trifling to commit to Paper. a Gentleman of very respectable Appearance told me last Evening without knowing or Suspecting me, all the Politicks of New York and Philadelphia for and against the V. President. “The V. P. had been as all Acknowledged a great Friend to this Country, but had given offence to his Fellow Citizens in Massachusetts, by writing something in favour of hereditary descent. That he had been long in Europe and got tainted.” I told him laughing that it was hard if a Man could not go to Europe without being tainted. that if Mr Adams had been Sent to Europe upon their Business by the People, and had done it, and in doing it had necessarily got tainted I thought the People ought to pay him for the Damage the Taint had done him, or find some Means to wash it out and cleanse him.

Govr H. has been here and made a Dinner for the Gentleman of this Town.2 one asked after the V. P. “The Governor had not Spoken to the V. P. this year; He was not one of the Well born.” A Gentleman remarked upon it afterwards what would Mr H. have been if he had not been well born the Nephew of the rich Uncle Thomas.? in short his Silly Envy of the V. P. is perceived & ridiculed by all the World out of Massachusetts. He is considerd as a mere rich Man prodigal of his Wealth to obtain an empty Bubble of Popularity.

I am told that an unanimous Vote will be for me in Vermont New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island. This is generally expected, but I know full well the Uncertainty of Such Things, and am prepared to meet an Unanimous Vote against me. Mr P. E. came off miserably. He gave such offence by mentioning his Nephew, that they would not appoint one Man who had any connection with him.3

I would not entertain you with this political Title tattle, if I had any thing of more importance to say. one Thing of more importance 331to me, but no News to you is that I am / yours with unabated Esteem & / affection forever

J. A.

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Portia.”; endorsed: “Novbr / 24 1792.”


Capt. Frederick Bull (d. 1797) ran a tavern in Hartford (Hartford Connecticut Courant, 21 Oct. 1793; Middletown, Conn., Middlesex Gazette, 24 Feb. 1797).


John Hancock traveled to Connecticut in October, primarily to visit family and friends in Fairfield (Herbert S. Allan, John Hancock: Patriot in Purple, N.Y., 1953, p. 352; New York Diary, 16 Oct.).


That is, Pierpont Edwards and his nephew Aaron Burr.

Abigail Adams to John Adams, 26 November 1792 Adams, Abigail Adams, John
Abigail Adams to John Adams
my Dearest Friend Sunday Quincy Novbr 26 1792

Such has been the weather Since you left me, that I cannot form any accurate judgment where you now are. I sometimes conjecture that you are not farther than Brookfield. at any rate you must have had an unpleasent week, tho perhaps not so severe a snow storm as we have had here. Monday afternoon & all twesday it raind then cleard up very cold and blustering. on fryday came on a snow storm wind very voilent at North East. it continued so through fryday Night and saturday even untill sunday morning, when the snow was over the tops of the Stone walls and so Bank'd that no wheel carriage can stir. we had not any meeting to day, and some person had their sheep to digg out from under the snow Banks. ours very fortunately experienced the comfort of their new habitation. the Hay was housed on fryday, & bedding provided for the Horses, but the Boat is not carried to the Island. after the storm of twesday shaw1 and Tirril went to see if she could be got of, but the very high Tide had thrown her up so high that they pronounced it impossible untill the Tides rose again, and that it would be more adviseable to turn her over where she now is, & secure her there for the winter, this Snow storm confirms them in the opinion I never remember so severe a snow storm in November. I hope to hear from you this week. I have felt much anxiety for you, more perhaps than if I had been a fellow traveller with you with Books about me I have felt dismal & Lonely. you left the only ones you intended to take; and an Inn seldom furnishes any entertainment of a literary kind. I hope Brisler minds to have a fire in your Bed Room and that your sheets are well aird and your Bed well cloathd. remind him of this injunction yet I know not whether this will reach you soon enough to put it in practise. Porter who was to cut our wood and Timber is confind to his Bed with the 332Rhumatism.2 most families I find are caught without wood, so that it is to be hoped they will turn out & make roads. I think you will find it necessary to take a sleigh and if so you will travel with more ease to yourself than with wheels

I cannot tell you any news not having seen to my great mortification any News paper since you went away nor have I been out of the House since I returnd after leaving you. I did not think I should have felt so lonely. it seems so still all day long as if half the Family were gone.

Let me hear from you as soon as you get to Philadelphia, and sooner if this should reach you at Nyork as I design it shall—

I am most affectionatly / yours

A Adams

I hope poor Cheeseman is not cast away with your Trunk of cloaths, but if he was within reach of the storm I know not how he could stand it. I presume we shall hear many a melancholy ship wreck3

RC (Adams Papers); addressed by JQA: “The Vice-President of the United States / Philadelphia.”; endorsed: “Portia / Nov. 26. 1792.”


Ezra Shaw Jr. (b. 1771) of Abington (Vital Records of Abington, Massachusetts, to the Year 1850, 2 vols., Boston, 1912, 1:204).


David Porter (1753–1827) of Abington (Joseph W. Porter, A Genealogy of the Descendants of Richard Porter, Bangor, Maine, 1878, p. 55–56).


Capt. Samuel Chesman's ship, the Trion, arrived safely in Philadelphia by early December (Philadelphia Gazette of the United States, 8 Dec.).