Recipient: Adams, Abigail
[dateline] Septr. 17. 1771.
[salute] My Dear
There is no Business here1
—And I presume as little at Braintree. The Pause in the English Trade, has made Husbandmen
and Manufacturers, and increased Industry and Frugality, and thereby diminished the
Number of Debts and Debtors, and Suits and Suiters.
But the hourly Arrival of Ships from England deeply loaden with dry Goods, and the
extravagant Credit that is dayly given to Country Traders, opens a Prospect very melancholly
to the public, tho profitable to Us, of a speedy revival of the suing Spirit. At present
I feel very easy and comfortable, at Leisure to read, and think. I hope all are well,
shall come up tomorrow after noon, if Mr. Austin2
comes down in the Morning.3