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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 14 December 1793

My dearest Friend

I hope this days post will bring me a Letter from You at Philadelphia and that I shall hear you are well and at Mr. Otis's the obliged as they say to keep Batchelors Hall for a short period. Mrs. Otis I trust will be with you before this Letter I wrote by her tho I had little to inform You of. Your Farm will occupy Your mind I know sometimes and you will wish to know if the Ground is broke up which You left unfinish'd the stones have been removed and one days Work after a Rain has been performd. The people are anxious to compleat it the next day tho the ground was stiff, but [in] the attempt they Broke the beam beam of the plough and were obliged to quit. We have sent it to be repaird and the first opportunity it will be completed The Weather has been pleasent and the Seaweed is attended to every day when wood is not Arnold is very anxious to tarry with me and has offerd to stay at Six dollars the winter months. At present I thought I could do without him but gave him encouragement that I would hire him if Snow came so as to get the stones across the pond. What can be done with the set of wretches who have begun their Winter depredations upon the cedar pasture, Cut down trees lately as Arnold informs me. Some of those which the fire past over

have been seen at the Wilson's door. Humphries informs Me that the lot call'd Ruggles s a burnd tree containing 5 foot has been recently cut down and others near it and carried of by nobody knows whom. Boilstone Adams has had his Shop broke open this Week 2 sides of Soul Leather Boot legs and several calfs shins carried away. They broke the Glass and then unfastned the window. In short we seem to live amongst a people who have no sense of Right and wrong. Remember me kindly to all inquiring Friends. Read Columbus, and let me know the opinions of those who so.

Yours most affectionatly,
A Adams

Mrs. Brisler and family are all well.

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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 14 December 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, 14 December 1793. 3 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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