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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 11 March 1788

My Dearest Friend

The Mail is this day arrived, but not a Line have I got from you, nor have I heard a word from you since you left me. I hope you are well. I am anxious to learn when you expect to get back. I find by Letters received yesterday from France that Mr. Jefferson is gone to meet you, which will render your visit to Holland much pleasenter to you. Callihan does not appear in any great Hurry, and I am full in the Mind that he had rather make it the middle of April before he sails than go sooner. He will not however have to wait for our things, as I hope they will all be on Board this week. I shall Stay in the House as long as I possibly can, but if you do not get back before the 20th imagine I shall be in some Hotell.

We have had more winter Since you left London than the whole Season before, and Terible Soar throats have been the consequence of the hard March winds. I have had my Share of it I hope, which proved very obstinate for Several days and yesterday was the first of my getting out, Mr. and Mrs. Smith will leave London the 20th.

I wrote you by last frydays Mail under cover to Messieure Willinks. My Most Respectfull

compliments to Mr. Jefferson. I rejoice in the Idea of your having met again before you leave Europe. The papers give us a magnificent amount of preparations in Holland for celebrating the birth day of the Stadtholder.

Nothing  [illegible from America since you left me! I find it very lonesome here and Should be more so if I was not so buisily employd in preparations for our departure.

Adieu most affectionately yours
A Adams

After closing my Letter, yours of March the fourth it just brought me. I rejoice to hear you are well. Compliments to Mr. D. and family. If you had named the Hotell you were at, I Should not be obliged to Send my Letters to Amsterdam.

A Adams

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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 11 March 1788 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/
Original manuscript: Adams, Abigail. Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 11 March 1788. 4 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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