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Docno: ADMS-04-03-02-0187

Author: Adams, Abigail
Recipient: Lovell, Mary Middleton
Date: 1779-12-12

Abigail Adams to Mary Middleton Lovell

[salute] My Dear Madam

The enclosed Letter I send to your care. The triffel which accompanies it I ask your acceptance of. I only wish that my ability was equal to the desire I have of serving you. But merrit like yours and that with which you are connected must look for its reward beyond this transitory scene where more permanant Blessings await it, than the gratitude of mortals can bestow.
I sympathize with you in all your sacrifices—I know what you resign, and the anxiety you must endure. Yet if you are called to a still more painfull task,1 as it is more hazardous you will submit to it with a fortitude which has always greatly distinguished you in the mind of your Friend and Humble Servant,
[signed] A Adams
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LbC (Adams Papers); at foot of text: “To Mrs. Mary Lovell Boston.” Enclosure not identified.
1. In allusion to the possibility that her husband, James Lovell, might serve in a diplomatic post abroad; see JA to AA, 14 Nov., above.
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.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/