John Adams to Abigail Adams
On Board the Frigate Boston 5 O Clock in the Afternoon Feb. 13. 1778
Dearest of Friends
I am favoured with an unexpected Opportunity, by Mr. Woodward the lame Man who once lived at Mr. Belchers, and who promises in a very kind manner to take great Care of the Letter, to inform you of our Safe Passage from the Moon head, on Board the ship.1—The seas ran very high, and the Spray of the seas would have wet Us, but Captn. Tucker kindly brought great Coats on Purpose with which he covered Up me and John so that We came very dry.—Tomorrow Morning We sail.—God bless you, and my Nabby, my Charley, my Tommy and all my Friends.
Yours, ever, ever, ever yours,
RC (Adams Papers).
1. JA’s term “Moon head” is puzzling, but from various sources it is known that he and JQA walked from Norton Quincy’s across Hough’s Neck (the peninsula that forms Quincy Bay on the southeast) to a barge which took them to the Boston lying in Nantasket Roads. See AA to Thaxter, 15–18 Feb., following; JA, Diary and Autobiography description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 2:269–271;4:6–7. The fullest contemporary record of the voyage is JA’s own Diary, beginning in vol. 2 as just cited, supplemented by Tucker’s log (quoted in editorial notes on the Diary entries) and also by the retrospective account in JA’s Autobiography, beginning in vol. 4 as cited.