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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 22 January 1794

My dearest Friend

I am weary of this Scene of Dulness. We have done nothing and shall do nothing this Session, which ought to be done, unless We should appropriate a sufficient sum of Money, for treating with the Algerines. We are afraid to go War, though our Inclinations and Dispositions are Strong enough to join the French Republicans. It is happy that our Fears are a Check to our Resentments: and our Understandings are better then our Hearts.

One day spent at home would afford me more inward Delight and Comfort than a Week or a Winter in this Place.

We have frequent Rumours and Allarms about the yellow fever: but when they come to be traced to their Sources they have hitherto proved to be false. There is one at present in Circulation which is not quite cleared up, and the Weather is extreamly warm, muggy foggy and unfavourable for the Season.

The River is open and some say is never frozen over after this time. Others say there have been Instances in the last week in January.

Thomas visits me of Evenings and We converse concerning Hampden and Faulkland, Charles and Oliver Essex and Rupert of whose Characters and Conduct he reads every day in Lord Clarendon. I fear he makes too many Visits in Families where there are young Ladies. Time is spent and nothing learn'd. Pardon me! Disciple of Woolstoncroft I never relished Conversations with Ladies accepting with one at a time and alone rather than in Company I liked not to loose my time.

I begin not to think all time lost, that is not employed in Farming, innocent, healthy gay, elegant Amusement! Enchanting Employment! How my imagination roves over my rocky Moutains and through my brushy Meadows!

Yours &c.

[Endorsement -- see page image]

Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 22 January 1794 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/
Original manuscript: Adams, John. Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 22 January 1794. 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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