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Docno: ADMS-04-07-02-0159

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1786-12-25

John Adams to Abigail Adams

[salute] My dearest Friend

I hope you have had a Pleasant Journey and are happy in your tour. I am, in a state of Phylosophic Solitude, that has hitherto been very tolerable, because I know my Treasures are not far off. But, as soon as the Novelty of it, wears off, and my occupation shall cease it will grow tedious enough. Dont hurry yourself however nor your Friends, but improve the opportunity to see, whatever you have an Inclination to see. I shall receive the Benefit of your observations when We meet and with more Pleasure than I could have made them perhaps in Person. Love to the Coll and my Nabby Smith, and Compliments to all the Party.
A Letter from Squire Storer is in closed. Barnet is arrived some• { 412 } where but I have no letter yet, but one from Storer in which this was in closed.1 Yours forever
[signed] John Adams
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “december 25 Mr A. 1786.”
1. Probably Charles Storer to AA, 12 Sept., above, enclosed in Storer to JA, 16 Sept. (Adams Papers). The London Daily Universal Register, 25 Dec., announced the arrival of Captain Barnard at Plymouth on 21 December.

Docno: ADMS-04-07-02-0160

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1786-12-25

John Adams to Abigail Adams

[salute] My dearest Friend

This moment returning from Mr Bridgen where I had been to deliver him a Letter to you, written this Morning I found your very agreable favour of the 23. Am very glad you are so well Situated, So much pleased with your Journey, and present Accommodation. Dont be solicitous about me. I shall do very well—if I am cold in the night, and an additional quantity of Bed Cloaths will not answer the purpose of warming me, I will take a Virgin to bed with me.—Ay a Virgin.—What? oh Awful! what do <[ . . . ]>1 read?
Dont be Surprized. Do you know what a Virgin is? Mr Bridget brought me acquainted with it this Morning. It is a Stone Bottle, Such as you buy with spruce Beer and Spa Water, filled with Boiling Water, covered over and wrapped up in flannel and laid at a Mans Feet in Bed. An Old Man you see may comfort him self with Such a Virgin, as much as David did with Abishay,2 and not give the least Jealousy even to his Wife, the smallest grief to his Children, or any Scandal to the World. Tell Mr Bridgen when you see him that I am indebted to him for this important Piece of Knowledge, which I would not sell for a great deal of Money.
Tell Coll Smith I am half disposed to be almost miffed with him—for going off without giving me his Letter about the Indians.3 And what compleats the Mischief is, that he has all the Books locked up in his Room—pray him to write me, if it is possible to get at the Letter or the Books—both are what I want. My Love to Nabby Smith and her Knight, and to all the Party. Mr Shippen is with you eer now—he was so good as to pick a bone with me once—and Mr Cutting is very good. We now talk Politicks all alone and are much cooler and more rational than when We dispute in Company.

[salute] Yours forever

[signed] John Adams
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs. Adams at Mr Marjrams abbe Green Bath”; endorsed: “Mr A. 25 decem 86.”
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1. JA canceled “I” and two illegible letters here.
2. Abishag, the young virgin who ministered to the aged King David in 1 Kings, 1:1–4.
3. Not identified. This may have been a memorandum WSS was drafting in response to Lord Carmarthen's letter to JA of 11 Dec. concerning debts owed to British merchants by Creek and Cherokee Indians in Georgia and a related land claim (PCC, No. 84, VI, f. 371–372).
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/