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Docno: ADMS-04-06-02-0037

Author: Smith, Catharine Louisa Salmon
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1785-04-27

Catharine Louisa Salmon Smith to Abigail Adams

[salute] My Dear Sister

Your kind Letter of the 15th. December1 came to me last week, and should I pretend to describe the innate Plesure I felt on the perusal, words would be wanting in the description. I most ardently wish to see you, and hope it will not be many years before I shall have that pleasure.
I realy wish that those customs you speak of were indeed adopted here. I have more reason to wish it than many others, haveing been too much used to be considered as a Species apart from the Lords of the Creation. There are very few but what wishes it, yet have not { 112 } resolution to bust those Magick fetters which that tyrant Custom has shackeled them with.
You must not expect news from the shades of Lincoln. I know but very little of what passes in the gay world. My imployments or diversions do not often extend beyond the little circle at my own fire side. I am indeed so vain as to think that nothing I can say will afford more satisfaction to you than to tell you we are in fine Health, my little Girls and Boys are very good, and I have had nothing to interrupt my Domestick peace and tranquility. I have the inexpressible happiness to see my little tribe reward and justify my cares, by paying a strict attention to what I injoin upon them. I [look?] forward with many pleasurable ideas. You may judg with what pleasure I go through the task of instructing them (for I have no schools to send them to) when I hear them commended for their good behaveour by every mouth. You will say I write with the partiality of a fond mamma, but you I hope will excuse it.
We have had the most severe Winter and Spring that I ever remember—the Snow so deep that the Roads have been impassable for two months past. Never was such a time known in this part of [the] Globle before. Yesterday I went to Concord, the first time I have been in a Chaise for more than Six months.
Mr. Smith I have seen but once since I came to Lincoln. It grieves me to say that fame speaks him to be the same he has been for many years.
Judg Russell2 and the Ladies I saw last Sunday. They Present their regards. The Children send their most humble Duty.
Remember me to Mr. Adams Miss Nabby and M[r. John?] and beleive me ever Your most obliged and affectionate Sister
[signed] Catharine L. Smith
Louisa3 is grown very tall, and has injoyed a good state of health ever since she has been here, excepting now and then a pain in her side and shoulder.
RC (Adams Papers); slight damage to the text at a tear, and where the seal was cut away.
1. Not found.
2. Judge James Russell occupied the Lincoln estate which his son Charles had inherited from James' brother Chambers in 1766; see Catharine Smith to AA, 26 Oct., and note 3, below.
3. Louisa Catharine Smith.
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, 2018.