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Docno: ADMS-04-01-02-0002

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1762-10-04

John Adams to Abigail Smith

[salute] Miss Adorable

By the same Token that the Bearer hereof1satt up with you last night I hereby order you to give him, as many Kisses, and as many Hours of your Company after 9 O'Clock as he shall please to Demand and charge them to my Account: This Order, or Requisition call it which you will is in Consideration of a similar order Upon Aurelia2 for the like favour, and I presume I have good Right to draw upon you for the Kisses as I have given two or three Millions at least, when one has been received, and of Consequence the Account between us is immensely in favour of yours,
[signed] John Adams
RC (Adams Papers); addressed doubtless by JA but in a deliberately disguised hand: β€œto Mistris nabagil smith Of Waymoah this weth Ceare & Spead.”
1. This can hardly have been anyone other than JA himself.
2. Mary Smith, later Mrs. Richard Cranch. This fanciful name is unmistakably attributed to AA's elder sister in a letter from Hannah (Storer) Green to AA, 23 Nov. 1763 (Adams Papers).
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.