Adams Papers

From Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Smith Adams, 4 June 1798

Quincy June 4th 1798

Dear Sister—

your excellent Letter of the 26th of May I receiv’d a Saterday. I have heard or seen Something about this Book of Mr Robinson’s & have wish’d to read it. Tis about to be Printed in Boston. mr Kirkland tells me who preach’d here yesterday—you put it into right hands when you sent it to Doctor Belnap. this country will owe much <Of> their safety to the clergy. There is not to be found so much [fedeva] among any professon as has always been discover’d by them taken as a Body & they Glory in their President an address from them <ist> assembled in convention last Week is gone on to the President & will reach him before this does you—

We will sing small about the answer to the Boston address. there are full enough deserving our admiration without serching for defects in this. Tis wonderful how the P can write. so many & yet vary his expressions of approbation as he does. He must not attempt to flatter again. He never did know how to do it—Boston has had its full shair of Jacobins & its dubious charactirs & they did not know how to put the coat on. They did not know who it was design’d for. there has been a great change in political oppinons Since you left us. Some who were swell’d & ready to burst with venom, were [struck] to almost nothing. They had no right to it—& if they fix’d it on it was always with the wrong Side out & being so much too large for them they cut an uncouth Figure—We had particular notic’d & admir’d the address you mention from N Jersey With the Govr. & officers at their head.—t was wit & humour & well as good sense & firmness in it. We thought it would give you a good laugh as well as much pleasure

I think the French must have a very disagreable time of it amongs us at the present moment & their partisans also—the People are awake—but as if from Slumber some of them tis true but there are enough I hope to awe those wretches. Tis said in Boston that mr G has given the other Envoys some trouble. I ask’d how they got there information from some letters from England I was answer’d—We must make some allowences for their ignoranc of what is now taking place here. could they know of the present Spirit I am sure they would not stay to be insulted in Paris. I hope our Frigates will soon send some of there own Privateers to present a more spirit’d memorial than they have been us’d to of late—the Stage is come. I must close & leave a thou[sand thi]ngs unsaid but you shall have them by the next mail from / Your ever affectionate Sister,

Mary Cranch

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