Recipient: Adams, Abigail
[dateline] York Town in Pennsilvania Jany. 19th. 1778
[salute] Dear Madam
So much good sense, prudence, conjugal affection and patriotism blended in your favor
was a juster portraiture of the dear deceased, the subject of your compassionate
sympathy, than I have met with, since the awful Catastrophe from which you borrow
a comparison, to illustrate your feelings by anticipating a separation from your worthy
partner my friend. Nor be offended at the comparison, which needs no apology, for
truely She was “the worthyest of women” the loss of whom would beggar discription.
But permit me to say your Subject will not bear a comparison. You may go with or follow
Mr. Adams, at a more agreeable season, or suffer only a temporary separation whereas
time fixes no limits to my sufferings. I most earnes[t]
ly wish Mr. Adams may be long preserved a comfort to you and a blessing to his Country.
I rejoice to find he purposes to go, and congratulate you on that fortitude of mind,
which I presaged from your Letter, you have shown on the occasion. Please to accept
the salutations of my Sisters and my thanks for your remembrance of my poor motherless
Children. May yours be long blessed with maternal care, which cannot be supplied.
I am with tender regard to your whole Household Dear Madam Yr. most obt. & very hume.