James Lovell to Abigail Adams
Sepr. 12th. 1778
I have the Mortification of being obliged to tell the amiable Portia that the Council of Pensylvania will not grant a partial Exportation of Flour from their State while the general Embargo lasts: So that I cannot soon have the Pleasure of executing the Commission which that lovely Woman has entrusted to me.1 The State of Massachusetts [Bay?]2 will have the Direction of a Quantity out of which the distressed Inhabitants may get a Pittance. I shall join Portia in my Attentions to my dear Mrs. Lovell upon the first free Exportation from hence.
With affectionate Esteem,
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs. John Adams Braintree To Care of Isaac Smith Esqr. Boston.”
2. MS damaged.