Within this half Hour, I received yours of the 18 [Abigail to John, 18 August 1776] by the Post. I have only Time before the Post goes out again to thank you for it, and to express my Resignation to the Will of Heaven whatever it may be respecting my dear Charles. I think his Fate is very uncertain. I will hope the best, but Symptoms so terrible indicate the Utmost danger. Besides he will be more troublesome than the rest, if he recovers, because his exquisite Feelings make him more impatient.
You desire me not to forget your "Herbs." I am totally at a Loss for your Meaning. Pray explain -- or perhaps your Letter by Mr. Smith, which I have not received, Mr. Smith not being as yet come to Town, will explain it.
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