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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 October 1799

My dearest Friend

I have recd. yours of 24th and thank you for your relation of our little domestic affairs at Quincy. Brisler did not arrive last night as you callculated. His Children may detain him longer than you expected. Some of the public Offices are about removing to Phyladelphia this week. I can sent James with my Horses and Charriot to meet you at Hoebucken Ferry or Elizabeth Town or any other Place you may appoint and at any time you will appoint, if you can be sure of your Planns and measures. If Mrs. Smith and Caroline come on, you will want more room and more horses. Write exactly your determination.

I have been forenon and

afternoon to Church to hearParson Waddell, who gave us two Discourses good and wholesome for soul, Body and Estate. He is a good Picture of "Stalled Theology" and said to have a good Estate. Last Sunday I went to the Presbyterian Church and heard Mr. Grant an ingenious young gentleman. There is Something more chearful and comfortable in an Episcopalian than in a Presbyterian Church .... I admire a great Part of the divine Service at Church very much. It is very humane and benevolent, and sometimes pathetic and affecting: but rarely gloomy, if ever. Their Creeds I could dispense with very well because, the Scriptures being before us contain the Creed the most certainly orthodox. But you know I never write nor Talk upon Divinity. I have had more than I could do, of Humanity. Benevolence and Beneficence, Industry, Equity and Humanity Resignation and Submission, Repentance and Reformation are the Essence of my Religion.Alass, how weakly and imperfectly have I

fullfilled the Duties of my own Religion! I look back upon a long Life very poorly spent in my own Estimation. Busy as it has appeared to Some, to me it appears to have been very much too idle, inactive, slothful and sluggish. I fear it is too late to amend .... My Forces are far spent and by too much Exertion I should soon exhaust them all. I am not in the Vapours but in very good Spirits notwithstanding this penetent Confession of my faults. Write me every day.

J. A.

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Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 October 1799 [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, 27 October 1799. 4 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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