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My Dearest Friend
I received your kind favours of Janry. 8
[John to Abigail, 08 January 1793]
[John to Abigail, 09 January 1793]
and on Saturday a Letter from our Daughter I have been in Town for a few Days, for the first time. I chose not to come till all the Bustle of Election was past. Election for a Representative has taken place since I came here. Honestus's Friends and emisaries have been indefatigable in procuring votes for him, and their Success has been Such that he Stands highest upon the list, and tho it is presumed that their will not be a Choice, he and Dr. Holten will be the Candidates. Dr. Jarvis is Sitting up for Federal Senator in the Room of Mr. Strong. Speculation is the popular Topick when a Man is to be crushd, and that is the crime of which Mr. Strong is Said to be guilty, and tho I presume it is quite groundless, yet it will answer a party purpose. An other Idle Story is that Mr. Pitt has resignd and that the President of the U.S. is going to resign in March. As tho there could be any connextion between the resignation of the first Minister of State in England and the chief Majistrate here. Nor can I devine the policy of the Report unless it is meant for a Stock jobbing purpose. Yet there are persons
Mr. B. [Breck] is here . I Saw him at the assembly, where he was very Social. There were Some compliments paid to him, which tho in the Character of this Town, belongd not to a private citizen. Such as waiting the Dances for him for more than an hour and finally being obliged to begin without him, as he did not make his appearence till near nine o'clock dinning at five o'clock to conform to his hour, &c . One compliment however he has received not So much to his taste. A w for A rages of old Martinec affairs.
Do you Suppose that Congress will meet after their dissolution on the 3d of March? I fear you will have as dissagreeable a time Home as you had when you went. Love to Mrs. Otis. Her Friends
My Love to Thomas. I will write to him next week when I return to Quincy.
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