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Browsing: Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 11

Docno: ADMS-04-11-02-0288

Author: Adams, Abigail
Recipient: Otis, Mary Smith Gray
Date: 1797-02

Abigail Adams to Mary Smith Gray Otis

[salute] My Dear Mrs Otis

I received last Evening Your kind Letter of Febry 8th. I thank you for your congratulation, and kind wishes
To be the Successor of Mrs Washington and to make good her place will be an arduous task. I can only Say that my Sincerest Wishes will be joined With my best endeavours to give offence to no one & satifaction to all.
I have amidst many gloomy reflections, receivd pleasure from the thought of having So near a relative and valuable a Friend near me, whose tender care & kind Solisitude I had experienced on the Bed of Sickness, and to whom I could communicate my thoughs without that reserve, which my situation will require.
Your kind offers I May have occasion for, but as yet I know what will be necessary. I would not wish to make a journey this Spring to return in the heat of the Season if mr Adams can dispence with my attendance. I had rather go on in Sep’br but I shall consult his wishes and convenience all together. I will thank You if you can inform me what Number of Domesticks the Presidents Household consisted of. how many female Servants? I can carry four from hence. I should then want a good housekeeper
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My Health has been better through the winter than usual I have not been without mementoes of Reumatism Since Feb’ry came in.
My Regards to mr Otis & Love to miss Harriot <& Mary> from / Your affec
[signed] A A1
Dft (Adams Papers); notations by CFA: “Copy. Mrs S. A. Otis.” and “Quincy. 1797.”
1. On the last page of the Dft, AA wrote, “who that has a private Friend who has served them many Years devoting their time and talents to promote their interest, even to the loss and prejudice of their own private emolument.”
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, 2018.