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Docno: ADMS-04-03-02-0223

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1780-02-28

John Adams to Abigail Adams

[salute] My dearest Friend

I have sent you, one yard of fine Cambrick, at 14 Livres an Ell, two of a coarser sort at 6 Livres an Ell. Eight India Handkerchiefs at 6 Livres each and three of another stamp at 6 Livres a Piece. These seem monstrous dear, but I could not get them cheaper.
If the Marquis1 should make you a Visit You will treat him with all Distinction that is due to his Merit and Character, as well as his Birth and Rank which are very high.
He has been the invariable and indefatigable Friend of America, in all Times, Places and Occasions, and his Assiduity have2 done Us much service. He is my particular Friend, and therefore deserves from mine, the greatest Respect, on my private Account as well as on the public.
RC (Adams Papers); at foot of text: “Portia”; addressed: “Mrs. John { 291 } Adams Braintree near Boston favd. by the Marquis de la Fayette To be sunk in Case of Capture.”
1. Lafayette; see the following letter.
2. Thus in MS.
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/