Adams Family Correspondence, volume 10

Susanna Clarke Copley to Abigail Adams, 15 November 1794 Copley, Susanna Clarke Adams, Abigail
Susanna Clarke Copley to Abigail Adams
My dear Madam London Novr 15 1794

I am happy in this opportuntity of thanking you for your kind favor by your sons:1 whom it gave me great pleasure to meet, and to be particularly infomed of your welfare; as well as that of the rest of your Family, which Blessings I most sincerely hope you and they may long enjoy, and that while you are called to Make so great a sacrafise as the parting with so dear connections will occation, that you may continue to receive the very pleaseing satisfaction of their being so useful to society—

I hope that the sattin which I have this opportunity of sending may be approved it is as near the colour as could be found with out haveing it made; but the Variation is now esteemed more fashionable here— the Vessels haveing left this place before the receipt of your Letter: I was fearful that the season when it was wanted might be passed before I had an opportunity of sending it: but am now happy to have heard from our Friend Mrs: Parker who is ever obliging that she could forward it to you, but not haveing seen her sence: am ignorant in what way but trust it will get safe to hand— there being some change left of the eight Guinas receivd from Mr: Adams I have laid it out for a Hankerchief, which as they are very Fashionable for the Head I hope will not come amiss—


haveing but a few moments notice I can only beg yours, and Mr: Adams’s acceptance of the best regards of this Family, and / to beleive me to be Dear Madam / with great esteem / your sincere Friend

S: Copley

RC (Adams Papers).


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John Adams to Abigail Adams, 17 November 1794 Adams, John Adams, Abigail
John Adams to Abigail Adams
My dearest Friend Phila. Nov. 17. 1794

Yesterday I attended the Dedication of a Temple. The Presbyterian Congregation in Market Street, have taken down their old Meeting House, and erected a new one, in the Same Place, much larger higher, more light, airy and elegant. They assembled in it for the first time, Yesterday, when Dr Ewing preached in the Morning and Dr Blair in the Afternoon.1

I recollected with Pleasure upon this Occasion the Course of sermons delivered in Rotation by the Ministers of Boston in the new Church in Brattle street,2 and Philadelphia got nothing by the Comparison. Dr Blair however entertained Us with an elegant and Sublime Discourse, in which among other good Things he gave Tom Paine a hearty Reprobation.

I dined at Mr Otis’s: all well.— I hope to receive a Line to day. a Journal, or diurnal Register of farming would be very very refreshing, and entertaining. Oh the tedious solitude that awaits me, for 3 or 4 months, amidst the Noise, Smoke Wealth Luxury, Eloquence, Learning Wit, and Wisdom of this proud City and our venerable Congress.! To me, one Week of Domestic fœlicity & Rural Amusement, would be worth it all.

RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Novbr. 17th / 1794.”


The First Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, whose original edifice on Market (High) Street dated from 1704, rebuilt its church in 1794. Rev. John Ewing (1732–1802), Princeton 1754, the minister of the church since 1759, was also the provost of the University of Pennsylvania (Francis Burke Brandt and Henry Volkmar Gummere, Byways and Boulevards in and about Historic Philadelphia, Phila., 1925, p. 54; DAB ).


On 25 July 1773 the Brattle Street Church in Boston inaugurated its grand new building with a service including sermons by Rev. Samuel Cooper, its minister, and Rev. Charles Chauncy (Massachusetts Spy, 29 July).