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Docno: ADMS-04-11-02-0051

Author: Adams, Abigail
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1795-12-27

Abigail Adams to John Adams

[salute] My Dearest Friend

Your Letter dated the 9th the blundering Post carried with him to Barnestable, so that I did not get it till the next week. Yours of the { 110 } 13th came duly to Hand.1 the extracts with which You have favourd me, are curious, and prove a Weak Head. of the Heart, I shall say nothing. it does not appear that Fauchett, as has been reported went to Randolph to complain of British influence, but Randolph to him. Fauchett as well he might, despises the Man, as well as the pretended Patriots, & his reflections are naturel & Judicious, tho I think he shows his want of knowledge, when he supposes that a few thousand Dollors could have turnd the Scale for peace or War. the Pretended Patriots never saved any Country yet, & tho they might have been purchased, the great Body of the people are firm. nor do I think the System of Finance conceived by mr Hamilton the origion of the Speculating stockjobbing Rage.2 it existed before col Hamilton came into office. his system produced a confidence in the value of the funds, raisd their credit, & gave a full scope be sure by that means to the believers to Dupe the faithless; these Dispatches when made publick will do much service, but how Randolph is to get himself out of the Scrape, is more than I can Devine. I pray you send me the pamphlet as soon as it appears. the Senate have my Approbation for their Negative. Marplot will Do his own buisness by the Doors of the senate being open, when ever it is necessary to shut them. he ought to be voted out too. pray Who are the four Men whose Talents Influence and Ennergy were capable of saving their country? they grew not in the Nothern Soil. if they thus trembled under the weight of British Debts at this Day What a Tool & What a Fool!.3 the British King in his Speach to Parliament announces the exchange of the Ratification of the Treaty. an extract from an English paper of the 4 Novbr says a “frigate saild some Days ago, With Dispatches to mr Bond and assurences that what ever might be misunderstood or disliked in the Treaty should be open to a free and Friendly discussion to cement the good understanding and Friendship so desirable between both Countries— The Treaty was forwarded to mr Adams the American Minister at the Hague, to be brought here and exchanged by him Who has full powers to Treat further on the 12 article”4
a vessel is Daily expected belonging to mr Lamb, by which I wrote to Holland. she went from Holland to England by her I hope to receive Letters for Which I begin to be impatient.5 I read the Debates in Senate. the Government strengthens, intrigue and treachery will not prevail tho I am not certain that it will Live to old Age.
We have had a few Days of Sleding two of them were employd in getting manure upon the Medow the other in the Woods. the three { 111 } past Days have been rainy & stormy. We are all well in the Family. at mr Cranchs they have the Scarlet fever. they have all got better at Your Brothers. I wish you would let Brisler send me some flower it will rise I fear.
With Sentiments of the most affectionate / Regard I am as ever / Your
[signed] A Adams.
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Mrs A. Decr 27 1795 / ansd Jany. 5. 1796”; notation by AA: “Seal with Wax.”
1. For JA’s letter to AA of 9 Dec., see JA to AA, 6 Dec., note 4, above; for the letter of the 13th, see JA to CA, 13 Dec., note 1, above.
2. AA references here Jean Antoine Joseph Fauchet’s Dispatch No. 10, which JA had quoted at length in his letter to her of 13 Dec. (Adams Papers).
3. This is a reference to the extract from Fauchet’s Dispatch No. 6 quoted by JA in his 13 Dec. letter to AA. The four men are not identified in the subsequent printing of this dispatch in Edmund Randolph’s Vindication of Mr. Randolph’s Resignation.
4. AA is loosely quoting from the Massachusetts Mercury, 25 Dec.; for Phineas Bond, the British chargé d’affaires in Philadelphia, see vol. 9:312.
5. For James and Thomas Lamb and their ship Margaret, see AA to JA, 10 Jan. 1796, and note 2, below.

Docno: ADMS-04-11-02-0052

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Adams, Abigail
Date: 1795-12-28

John Adams to Abigail Adams

[salute] My dearest Friend

I have just recd from the P. Office your Letter of the 20th. by Brisler who went to carry one for you— I write by every Post i.e by Mondays and Thursdays which are the only ones on which Mails are made up for any Place beyond N. York, and the only ones on which Letters arrive here from any Place beyond that City.
Mrs Adams your new Daughter behaves prettily in her new Sphere— I dined with them one day and promised, to take my Lodgings with them the next time— Mrs Adams shewed me an elegant bed which she politely said she had made up for me. As to the details in which you Say the Ladies excell Us, I have not Patience— I who have the Patience of Job, have not Patience to write Letters in the style of Grandison & Lovelace.
You would admire to see with what Serenity & Intrepidity I commonly Sett and hear— Not all the Froth can move my Contempt not all the Sedition Stirr my Indignation, nor all the Nonsense and Delirium excite my Pity. If Dignity consists in total Insensibility I believe my Countenance has it. B. however tells me he can always perceive when I dont like any Thing. It must be by reasoning from what he knows to be my Opinions. My Countenance shews nothing for the most part.— Sometimes I believe it may be legible enough.
The Reflexions upon Peace by Madam De Stael are not here.
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The President and Presidentess always send their Regards to you.— Madam invites you to come next Summer to Mount Vernon and visit the Fœderal City— I am almost afraid to write it to you for fear it should turn your head and give you thoughts and hopes of accepting the Invitation. I told Madame La Presidante, that after the Year 1800 when Congress should sett at Washington And that City become very great I thought it not impossible that You & Your sister Cranch might seriously entertain such a Project, for the sake of making a Visit to Mount Vernon as well as seeing Mrs Cranches Grand Children.—
Always write me how Mrs Brisler & her Children are. It makes the good Mans Countenance shine so bright when I tell him of it, that I take a great Pleasure in reading these Paragraphs to him.
My Mother I am anxious to hear of— My Duty to her and Love Compliments &c &c to whom you please
always yours
[signed] J. A
RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mrs A”; endorsed: “December 28th / 1795—”
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.