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Docno: ADMS-04-10-02-0166

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1794-11-19

John Adams to Abigail Adams

[salute] My Dearest Friend

The Presidents Speech is so important to the Public that I know you will be anxious to See it as early as possible. When the Answers of the two Houses come to be debated We shall See whether there are any Apologists for Rebellion, in these Sanctuaries.1
As Mr Edwards of Kentucky appeared in Senate to Day, We can do Business if one Member should be Sick, but it will be very { 266 } inconvenient to have so small a Majority. Mr Potts of Maryland and Mr Taylor of Virginia have resigned.2 The Senate Seems really to be too Small a Body for So important a Branch of the Legislature of so great a People.
I feel, where I am, the Want of the society of Mr Otis’s Family, but much more that of my own. I pore upon my Family at Quincy, my Children in Europe, and my Children and Granchildren in New York, till I am Melancholly and wish myself a private Man. That event however would not relieve me, for my Thoughts would be at the Hague and at N. York if I was with you at Quincy. Your Meditations cannot be more chearful than mine and your Visit to our afflicted sister will not I fear brighten your Views or soften your Anxiety. I hope We shall be Supported. But there is no Plan, that occurs to me that can relieve Us from our solicitude. We must repose ourselves upon those Principles in which We were educated and which I hope We have never renounced nor relinquished.
I would resign my office and remain with you, Or I would bring you next Winter with me but either of these Plans, the Publick out of the Question, would increase our Difficulties perhaps rather than lessen them. This Climate is Disease to me, and I greatly fear would be worse to you, in the present State of your Health. Mrs Jay, poor Lady is more distressed than We are.
I pray you to take Care of your Health and of Louisa’s too. she is a good Girl: but I Sometimes wish she would run about a little more if it was even to look at the young Men.
[signed] J. A
1. For the Senate’s and House’s responses, see JA to AA, 23 Nov., and note 1, and JA to AA, 1 Dec., and note 1, respectively, both below.
2. John Taylor of Caroline resigned on 11 May and was replaced as a Virginia senator by Henry Tazewell, who did not arrive until 29 December. Richard Potts of Maryland apparently considered resigning but ultimately retained his Senate seat until Oct. 1796 (Biog. Dir. Cong.; DAB).

Docno: ADMS-04-10-02-0167

Author: Adams, John Quincy
Recipient: Adams, Charles
Date: 1794-11-20

John Quincy Adams to Charles Adams

[salute] My dear Brother.

Upon my leaving America, your Father gave me an order upon Messrs W. & J Willink for five obligations on a Loan of the United States, for a thousand Guilders each, bearing an interest of five per cent. and upon which one years interest will be due, on the first of { 267 } June next, which he directed me to hold in trust for your use, and subject to your orders. This instruction has been complied with and in conformity to his further commands, I hereby inform you that I am in possession of the obligations numbered 3003. 3004, 3005, 3009, 3010. in trust for you, and subject to any orders you may think proper to give me for their disposal, or that of the annual interest, accruing from them.
I suppose that the giver of this very handsome present, who has been equally liberal to his other sons, has mentioned the circumstance to you, and given you his advice as to the disposition of the property. He appeared to me desirous that you Should keep the obligations, and receive the interest by draughts upon me, or orders to me annually to lay out the arising interest in such books or other articles as you may have occasion for.
You will however determine for yourself—and if your intention should be to draw the Capital out of its present situation, you can order me to sell the obligations, and you may then draw Bills upon me for the proceeds. They are at this moment one or two pr cent below par. Whatever your Commands upon the subject may be, they shall be faithfully executed by / your affectionate Brother.
LbC in TBA’s hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mr Charles Adams / New York”; APM Reel 126.
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.