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Docno: ADMS-04-02-02-0100

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1777-01-09

John Adams to Abigail Adams

[salute] My dear

The irresistable Hospitality of Dr. Sprague and his Lady has prevailed upon me, and my worthy Fellow Traveller, to put up at his { 144 } happy Seat.—We had an agreable Ride to this Place, and tomorrow Morning We sett off, for Providence, or some other Rout.1
Present my affection, in the tenderest Manner to my little deserving Daughter and my amiable sons.
It was cruel Parting this Morning. My Heart was most deeply affected, altho, I had the Presence of Mind, to appear composed.
May God almightys Providence protect you, my dear, and all our little ones. My good Genius, my Guardian Angell whispers me, that We shall see happier Days, and that I shall live to enjoy the Felicities of domestic Life, with her whom my Heart esteems above all earthly Blessings.
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs. John Adams Braintree”; docketed in pencil by AA : “Jan 9.” (These penciled docketings continue on JA 's letters through February and were probably made late in March when AA inventoried the letters she had so far received from him; see AA to JA , 26 March, below.)
1. JA 's host was Dr. John Sprague, a well-to-do physician and warm patriot who has been mentioned earlier in these letters; on Sprague's house in Dedham see Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates , 10:241. Accompanying JA were his servant (John Turner) and one of the two recently elected additional Massachusetts delegates, James Lovell. JA 's somewhat imperfect account with Massachusetts for his expenses on this journey is printed from the Adams Papers in his Diary and Autobiography , 2:252–253, and his experiences on the way are rather fully described in his letters to AA that follow here. Under the threat of Howe's army in the Jerseys, Congress had adjourned from Philadelphia on 12 Dec. 1776 and reassembled at Baltimore on the 20th ( JCC , 6:1027–1028). The travelers took a wide arc around the opposing armies, and their precise itinerary is given in a paper docketed by JA “Mr. Lovells Account,” which is receipted by Lovell to JA and is in the Adams Papers under the assigned date 1776–1777 (but should be Jan. 1777). The itinerary and payments for food, lodgings, &c. (for the whole party of men and horses), are given by Lovell as follows:
Dedham     6:    
Medfield     4:   6  
Medway     7:    
Mendon   1:   1:    
Duglass     2:    
Killingly     4:    
Thompson     9:   4  
Pomfrett     4:    
Kenneday     5:    
Windham     15:   6  
Coventry     6:   8  
East Hartford     10:   6  
Hartford   1:   6:   6  
Farmington     6:    
Southington     15:   6  
Waterbury     5:    
Woodbury     15:   2  
New Milford     7:    
New Fairfield     14:    
Beekman's Precinct     6:    
Fish Kills     16:    
Hackinsac     11:   3  
Pokeepsie   1:   2:    
River N[or]th     3:   7  
New Marlbro'     1:   6  
New Windsor     9:    
Bethlehem     13:   10  
Goshen     5:   8  
Warwick     7:   4  
Hardystown     14:    
Sussex Court House     10:   6  
Log Jail   1:     4  
Oxford Township     9:   4  
Oxford     8:    
Greenwich     4:    
Delaware River     1:   10  
East Town   1:   18:   8  
Bethlehem   2:   16:   11  
Ferry     1:   3  
Chester   1:     3  
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Wilmington     8:    
Newark     14:   6  
Notingham     19:   9  
Susquehannah     12:   10  
Hartford   1:   2:   6  
Godsgraces     18:   7  
  27:   12:   1  
JA 's two-thirds share is indicated as £18 8s.
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