Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to William Smith, 3 May 1798

Philadelphia May 3d. 1798

my dear Friends

Your last Letter both allarmd my fears, and in some measure prepared my mind for the Event which has since taken place, and which I read this day in the Centinal.

dear little Cherub. she is early calld to a state of Bliss. endeared to me, by having past more of her time with me, than either of the other Children, I the more sensibly feel your loss, and shed with you the sympathizing tear.

With the wounds unclosed which you had just received, by the recent death of a Beloved Pastor, and of a venerable Father, you are now calld to endure a still more near, and painfull trial. Heaven support you my dear Friends, and enable you to submit to its Sovereign will with that Christian fortitude and confidence, which can alone disarm death of its Sting.

“The dear delights we here enjoy

And fondly call our own

Are but short favours, borrowd now

To be returnd anon.

Peace all our angry passions [still]

And hush’t be each rebellious Sigh

Be silent at his sovereign will

And every murmur die”

you have five Children left, and may their lives be spaird to you, and each of them prove a comfort and a blessing.

I am with the utmost / sincerity a sincere Sympathizer in / your affliction.

A Adams

MHi: Smith-Carter Family Papers.

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