Recipient: Adams, Abigail
[dateline] Passy Decr. 9 1778
[salute] My dearest Friend
I cannot let this opportunity slip without sending you a Line, but the Gentleman waits
and it can be but a Line. I have ordered you some Wine as you desired and a Present
of some Tea and sugar—But cant tell you by what Vessell it will go.1
All Well. No Hopes of Peace, at least in my Mind. We must be taught to set an higher
Value upon our Liberties before We shall obtain them.
We are extreamly anxious to know the Fate and Destination of D'Estaing and Biron,
but have no News from Boston later than 5 Novr., or rather the 4, I believe. Of Clinton
and Washington We know nothing a long time.