Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to John Quincy Adams, 3 May 1798

Philadelphia May 3d 1798

my dear son

I had not intended to have written You to day, having this morning closed a Letter to your Brother, and told him all I had then to communicate, but the post of this day brought me some Letters from my dear Louisa’s mamma, and it is with great pleasure I inclose them to you, and wish them a safe arrival I know how good and how sweet it is to hear from our far distant Friends; Scarcly a week passes in Which I do not write to Mrs Johnson, and always communicate all I get from abroad to her. She is distrest at not having heard from her daughter under her own Hand, but she did not advert that at the Time you wrote, it was a matter of uncertainty whether Mr Johnson and Family were arrived in America In my Letter of Nov’br and December; I dared not express the anxiety I felt upon their account even to you.

I wrote your Brother that a Marine department had been agreed upon. Yesterday the President Nominated George Cabbot Esqr, minister of Marine. I hope he will accept

If I can get a coppy of the last dispatches before the packet sails I will inclose it to you, I do not aim at sending you regular piles of papers but select such as appear interesting to me, I hope Congress will rise in June. I am my / Dear Son, your ever affectionate / Mother

Abigail Adams

PS Your Father says I must tell the very Proud young man that he had no lot no part no agency in the Nomination or Elections of J Q A to be a member of the Acadamy. Dr Belnap I have heard was the nominator three months before your Father saw it upon the Books, and he retired whilst the vote was taken.

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