Adams Family Correspondence, volume 6

Thomas Jefferson to Abigail Adams

John Quincy Adams to Abigail Adams 2d

John Quincy Adams to Abigail Adams, 17 July 1785 JQA AA


John Quincy Adams to Abigail Adams, 17 July 1785 Adams, John Quincy Adams, Abigail
John Quincy Adams to Abigail Adams
Dear Madam July 17th. 1785 1. o'clock in the morning

We are now sailing up North River; and have met the french packet about 6 leagues from New York: she will sail to morrow morning; and has sent her boat on board, while we are at sail. I profit of the only minute instant I have to inform you, that after a tedious passage of 8 weeks, we expect by noon to be at New York. I have not even time to seal the Letter I have prepared for my Sister,1 and must request 225she, and my Father, will excuse me if the peculiarity of the circumstance prevents me from writing to them.

Your ever affectionate Son. J. Q. Adams

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs. A. Adams. to the care of Mr. J. Elworthy, Merchant N. 1 Broad Street. London”; in another hand after the canceled material: “Corner of Brooke St. Grovesnor Sqr.”; docketed by AA2JQA. July 17th 1785”; marked: “B” and “PP R T”; and stamped: “SE ” and “ o'clock.” Slight damage to the text near the torn seal.


That of 25 May, above.