John Adams to Abigail Smith
Octr. 4th. 1762
By the same Token that the Bearer hereof1 satt up with you last night I hereby order you to give him, as many Kisses, and as many Hours of your Company after 9 O’Clock as he shall please to Demand and charge them to my Account: This Order, or Requisition call it which you will is in Consideration of a similar order Upon Aurelia2 for the like favour, and I presume I have good Right to draw upon you for the Kisses as I have given two or three Millions at least, when one has been received, and of Consequence the Account between us is immensely in favour of yours,
RC (Adams Papers); addressed doubtless by JA but in a deliberately disguised hand: “to Mistris nabagil smith Of Waymoah this weth Ceare & Spead.”
1. This can hardly have been anyone other than JA himself.
2. Mary Smith, later Mrs. Richard Cranch. This fanciful name is unmistakably attributed to AA’s elder sister in a letter from Hannah (Storer) Green to AA, 23 Nov. 1763 (Adams Papers).