Adams Papers

From Cotton Tufts to Abigail Smith Adams, 28 May 1798

Weymouth May the. 28. 1798

Dear Madam

We began to suffer much for want of Rain, having had hot and dry Weather, with but very little Rain from the beginning of this Month to the. 25th. when we were relieved by a plentiful Rain. It has also been rainy through this Day and We have now a fine Prospect of a plentiful Produce—

You would wish to know what Progress is made in the Building. I can only tell you that I have spared no Pains to get it compleated against your Return; When will that be? If Three Weeks hence, I believe Porter & Family may take Possession of it—Painters, Carpenters, & Masons and a Tribe of Workmen for the Farm (amounting to 14 or 15 in all including Porter) together with Materials for their Employment and Supplies for their Support create a continual Drain of Cash and will make it necessary for me to have 200 or 300 Dollars—forwarded in the Course of a Month—In my last I observed to You that the Building would be more expensive than I imagined—The Carpenters and Mason’s Estimates have been greatly deficient—Seasond Boards & Bricks have been very dear as well as some other Articles, Upon the whole the Building will not fall much short of 700 Dollrs. exclusive of the Painters Bill—I sometimes feel anxious, least the Expences should so far exceed what you had ever contemplated or designed, as to Subject me to blame. However I have done that which appeared to me would be best for Your Interest—In your Next I wish you would mention, How much Money you have forwarded to me by Letter. I am uncertain whether 3 or 400 Dollrs. I have credited your particular Account for 200 Drs— and the Building Account 200—but seem to have some doubt upon the Subject especially respecting the Sum last sent. No Mention is made but in one of your Letters of any—You could not be at a loss to whom the Enquiry in my last relative to Mr J. Q. A.’s Property was pointed. I am informd that the Drs. last Week closed his Doors against his Creditors An Event which for a long Time I have supposed would sooner or later take Place but did not apprehend it so near at hand, otherwise should have given a hint sooner. I fear that he has involved himself and many of his Friends in much Trouble & great Loss—

Adieu—Yrs. affectionately,

C. Tufts

May 31. This day I obtd. [Py.] Mrs. Cranch 100 Dr Bill—[Mr. Jones & pleassed] after a Rain of Three Days Continuance—The rainy Weather [Easter] week, and this, has greatly interrupted the Painters—Otherwise they would have finished <the> your Dwelling House and Fences before this Time—If you recollect, the Back of your house was painted red, it is by Time much tarnished, Would it not be best to paint it over again?—it cannot be painted of any other Colour; without very great Expence, as in painting it again, the red will work through, unless it goes through Two or Three <oper> operations—

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