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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 13 December 1798

My Dearest Friend

Your Letters of Nov. 29, Dec. 2. and 3 affect me very tenderly. The low Spirits, Effects of long and exhausting sickness are apparent: but these are Evils of a serious nature. I pray you to banish as much as possible all gloomy Thoughts and be very cautious to avoid every thing which may endanger a return of your old Disorders.

To reconcile you to your fate I have a great mind to give you a detail of mine. A Peck of Troubles in a large Bundle of Papers often in a hand Writing almost illegible, comes every day from the Office of Office of Office of &c. &c. &c. Thousands of sea Letters Medeterranean Passes and Commissions and Patents to sign. No Company. No society. idle unmeaning Ceremony. Family Vices, Follies, Extravagance, shiftlessness and Health, sinking for what I know under my Troubles and fatigues.

You and I, seem to have arrived prematurely at the Age when there is no pleasure.

All this is not the Resignation of Socrates.

I cannot encourage the Idea of your coming on to Phyladelphia. The horrid Roads and cold damp Weather would put an End to you.

I hope our dear Thomas will arrive and chear you up. I am with unalterable affection,


[Endorsement -- see page image]

Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 13 December 1798 [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, 13 December 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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