Recipient: Adams, Abigail
[dateline] Octobr. 12. 1785
[salute] My Dear Madam
The anxious Sentiments of a Parent which You have manifested in the close of Your
I have read with a sympathetic Feeling.
It would give me singular Pleasure to have it in my Power to give you such Information
would entirely set your Mind at Ease.
I had hopes that Time would have produced such Evidence, as would have removed Doubt.
scarcely know what to say. If the Character in Question was a clearly desided one,
not be at a Loss. If the Marks in favour of it are not such as to establish a full
those against it are not such as to exclude all Hope. The Subject is delicate and
I wish You
to burn this as soon as You have read it, that it may not be open to the View of any
Person and should You wish for further Explanation, let me [be]
the Security of Your receiving it and its being confined to your own Breast. Whatever
Friendship demands, I will tho' painful, at least attempt—and shall agreable to Your
when I can find an Opportunity (which indeed but seldom occurs) and a Prospect of
give the Advice requested.2
The Gold sent by Y[our]
Son amounted to £51.7.103
y. The greater part
of it I have vested in State Notes. The remainder I propose to lay out in Pierce's.
I bought @ 6/ 8 Per £ for the principal, the Interest on them are reckon'd at par.
Notes are sold @ 3/ Per £.4