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Docno: ADMS-04-09-02-0196

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, John Quincy
Date: 1792-12-09

John Adams to John Quincy Adams

[salute] My dear Son

This Letter will be delivered you, by Mr Roberdeau a Son of General Roberdeau my ancient Friend, lately married to Miss Blair a Daughter of Doctor Blair, whom your Mamma knows. I pray you to Shew all the Civility to Mr Roberdeau in your Power. invite him to Quincy with you to keep sunday with your Mamma and shew him Boston and Cambridge, Colledge Library Apparatus &c and give him all the Advice and Aid you can in his pursuits. I have been under Obligations to his Father.
It is Said that the Electors in Jersey have been unanimous and those of Pensilvania had but one dissentient.1 I have recd Returns from both but have not opened either. It is Said too from good Authority that Maryland is unanimous.
There is a general Interest taken in my Reelection in such a number of States as affects me. The Utmost Efforts of my { 343 } Ennemies have undoubtedly been exerted, and what success they may have had in Virginia and the States to the southward of it, is uncertain. New York it is expected will show their vain Spite against New England. It is not Antifederalism against Federalism, nor Democracy against Aristocracy. This is all Pretext. It is N York vs N. England.
I am affectionately your Father
[signed] John Adams
RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “John Quincy Adams Esq.”
1. The dissenter was Robert Johnston (d. 1808), University of Pennsylvania 1763, a physician from Franklin County, Penn. (Colonial Collegians; Boston Columbian Centinel, 5 Dec.).

Docno: ADMS-04-09-02-0197

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1792-12-10

John Adams to Abigail Adams

[salute] My dearest Friend

Your Account of our little domestic affairs and the Arrangements of the Farm, was very entertaining to me, and I hope you will continue to inform me of every occurrence of any consequence.1 I should be glad to know who is engaged to take the Care of the Place this Winter: What prospect you have of hiring a Man in the Spring by the Year: and your opinion whether I had not better engage a complete farmer in the County of Worcester or Hampshire. none however are Superiour to some in Bridgwater. I am very comfortable at Mr Otis's. Thomas is very well and very good.
My Friends have been more anxious than I have been about a certain Reelection. There has been an Ardour upon this occasion among all the Friends of the Constitution, order and good Government, which I did not expect. The Votes of New Jersey have been unanimous both for President and V. P. Those of Pensilvania were unanimous for P. and 14 out of 15 for V. P.— it is reported, but not certain that Delaware and Maryland were unanimous. It is almost an universal opinion that N. Y. will be unanimous for Clinton, merely to give him an Ecclat and to shew their disapprobation of the V. P. without even a hope or a wish, to have C. elected. I am not however clear that they will be unanimous. The Virginians and N. Carolinians are Said to be zealous against the V. P. not, as some of them say, that they wish to get him out, but to shew a marked disapprobation of his Politicks. But enough of this Electioneering Stuff. My Duty to my Mother and Love to Louisa and all friends.
Tell my Brother that I hope he will Use his best Endeavours that { 344 } Mr Strong may be reelected.2 He is an excellent head and heart. They cannot do better.
[signed] J. A
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs Adams / Quincy / near / Boston”; internal address: “Portia”; endorsed: “Decbr 10 1792”; notation: “Free / John Adams.”
1. AA to JA, 26 Nov., above.
2. Caleb Strong was reelected to the Senate in 1793 (Biog. Dir. Cong.).
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.