Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Jeremy Belknap, 3 June 1798

[3 June 1798]

Dear Sir

The president received this day your obliging favour of May 29th accompanied by two of your sermons. Will you permit me sir to be the organ of his acknowledgement to you for it. a Friend had sent him one a week ago which he recd with pleasure & much satisfaction. it is indeed a consolatory reflection amidst the weight and cares which thicken upon <the president> him, and the dangers which threaten our country, <that he can look with confidence to the Great Ruler of Kingdoms & Nations, conscious that Truth and justice has been dealt out to those who array them selves against us as Enemies, and seek our destruction, and> if he can be made an instrument in the hands of providence of “vindicating the ways of god to man”

Having a week past been permitted to communicate to you an extract of a Letter from my son JQA, I have received permission to inclose a Letter since received from my younger son, as the intelligence and sentiments which it contains may be usefull to the publick <I have> it is thought best that it should be published in <the> a Boston paper rather than here for reasons which your own Judgement will sujest. The extract may commence from “our intelligence from America—instead of Home, and Friend in lieu of mother, the extract to go no further than to the passage—pardon my Herisies. <if any other word you should think proper,> you will be so kind sir as to return the Letter to the president when you have done with it—the Subscription paper which you was so good as to inclose I will return by an other opportunity

My kind regards to Mrs Belknap<s> from Sir your obliged Friend / and Humble Servant

Abigail Adams

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