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“We have sufferd greatly by a very severe drought and intense Heat. The Indian corn
was nearer perishing than ever I knew it before, many Feild[s] have been cut up, and what were left the most severe storm that was ever known here
laid level with the Ground. I fear we shall be distressd for Bread, and cider will
be scarcer than it has been since my remembrance. There were but very few apples before
the storm having sufferd an early blast, and the few there were are distroyd by the
storm. We think you deficient in your duty that you never tell us how you do, nor
have you said lately whether your disorder has left you. Your Welfare is most earnestly
wished by your Friend Portia.”
In a passage not quoted from Dft
there is evidence that the entire draft was written a day earlier than the fair copy
which was sent. It is possible that the date at head of RC
was overwritten from “18” to “19.”
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.