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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 2 January 1793

My dearest Friend

Our Son brought me your favour of the 19 december [John to Abigail, 19 December 1792] on Sunday last, by which I find that the same Ideas have past through both our minds on a late Election. Amidst all that has been written upon the occasion, no one has ventured to State the comparative merits, and Services of the Candidates, but have contented themselves with saying that they would not bear a comparison that Clintons were lighter than a feather when weighd against Yours. The peice I mentiond to you in my last letter did you more justice than any which I have before read. The Characters who have been most active against you, are many of them such as a Man would rather chuse to be in opposition to than upon terms of civility with. The misfortune is that they have their weight and influence in Society, Possessing some talants and no principals they are fit agents for Mischiefs of the blackest kind. By the Candidate they have opposed to you, they have come forward and openly declared themselves opposed to the Government. Mark their measures, watch their movements and we shall see them struggling whenever they dare shew themselves, for the assendency. The late Success of the Arms of France against their Enemies, seems to give much satisfaction to the half thinking politicians, as tho the

Retreat of the King of Prussia Was to give Peace to France and heal all her internal wounds, establish a quiet Government and build up a Republick in a Nation shaken to its center, and went to peices by Faction.

When I read Citizen President, and Citizens Equality, I cannot help feeling a mixture of pitty and contempt for the Hyprocrisy I know they are practising and for the Tyranny they are Executing. I was visiting at Mr. Apthorp the other day. He mentioned to me the Surprize he was in when he read Pains Letter and the account he gave of the treatment he received from the Custom house officers who searchd his papers, to find that the P-t had any correspondence with a man whom he considers as an incenderary and a Character unfit for to be trusted. He could not but consider it as degrading his Character and doubted the Authenticity of the Letter, Tho it struck me in the same manner when I read the account. I was determind not to say so to him. I only observd to him that the passage publishd could not do any injury to any Character, tho no doubt Mr. Pain took pains to have it known publickly that he had the honour of a Letter from the President in order to give himself weight and importance.

Inclosed are a few lines which pleasd me from a Symplicity of Stile as well as for the truth they contain. The Auther I know not, They are taken from

the Centinal.

You inquired of me in a late Letter whether I had any prospect of hireing a Man by the Year. A Young Man of a good Countanance has offerd himself this week. He lived the last Year with a Mr. Williams at Roxbury. He is from the State of N. Hampshire and has lived four years at Roxbury in different places a Year at a time. He talkd of 30 pounds by the Year. I told him that would not do. I did not hear that more than 24 was given by any body the last year, and that it must be a very extraordinary hand to earn such wages. I told him we did not want a hand till the first of March. He said he wishd to let himself immediatly, but we [finally] came to these terms. If upon inquiry his character would answer and you approved I would hire him from the 1 of Feb'ry and he came down to 26 pounds, which You will think too high perhaps, but I am not bound to take him if you do not chuse. I mentiond the first of Feb'ry that I might have time to write to you, and in the mean time I shall inquire his Character.

Present My Love to Mrs. Otis, and Regards to all inquiring friends from your ever

A. Adams

PS Timbers for the Corn House is all cut and drawn to gether in the woods waiting for Snow to get it home. We have very cold weather but little Snow about 2 inches depth.

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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 2 January 1793 [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, 2 January 1793. 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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