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Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 22 November 1798

My dearest Friend

On Sunday, Monday and Twesday we had a storm of Rain, Hail and Snow as severe as we usually get in Jan'ry or Feb'ry attended with a voilent gale of wind. I could not form an Idea where you were, but thought from your rapid movement early in the week that you might have got as far as Norwalk. My last Letter from you was dated at Suffield. I have not heard a word from Mrs. Smith since she left Boston. I regret that she did not sit out with you, when she might have gone so conveniently and without the expence which she must be at, but all was intended for the best. I hope she overtook you.

I have the pleasure to inform you that I have sustaind this severe winter weather for it freezes now in the House, better than I feard and have slept pretty well for four nights successfully without a wakeing one. My Spirits and Health mend. In concequence I am able to attend to my Family more than I have done since my return, tho not without the constant admonition of Louissa. Aunt you will get cold. I have been out to ride but once since you left me; The vessel with our Lumber is not yet got round. It must go they say to Brackets [ . . . ] . The late Storm has been very unfavourable

towards us, and will impeed our progress in getting Home the Lumber. Winter put on an early and formidable appearence. I hope good will arrise from it and that it will effectually stay the plague in our cities. I have not yet heard a word from Brisler or Family.

I addrest to you at Phyladelphia where I hope you will be safely arrived. I inclose some Letters received since you went a way and will thank you to Frank the inclosed to Charles.

Mr. Cranch is something better tho so low as to keep his Bed and to have watchers constantly. I have not seen my sister since you left me here. I hope to hear from you frequently as a solace to me. I am as ever your affectionate

A Adams

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Cite web page as: Letter from Abigail Adams to John Adams, 22 November 1798 [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, 22 November 1798. 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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