Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Elizabeth Smith Shaw Peabody, 18 June 1798

[post 18 June 1798]

My dear sister

I received your very excellent Letter <they are> all of which are very previous to me. I know your avocations & your necessary anxiety on account of the deranged Health of my dear Neice, Whom I pray God to restore. I know your feeling are sufficiently alive. I will not add to them <by any observations of mine>. my Heart sympathizes with you, let that suffice, we will look to the Ruler of the Skies, and tender all our afflictions Griefs and troubles, commit to him the Hours days & years, not only our own, but all those who are most dear to us, and strive to adore the Hand which strikes our comforts dead. I am anxious to hear frequently from you, if only by a few lines. cousin Betsy must write to her sister

our <publick> Country is indeed in great Jeopardy <we are like> I see no prospe[c]t of remaining at peace union amongst ourselves I hope for if the sword must be drawn the stay of mr Gerry, embarrasses our Government. tho I have no reason to think but he acts from the purest motives it is much to be regreted that the three Gentlemen did not leave France together. Mr Marshal whose arrival you will have learnt, says that if the directory had not been deceived with respect to the great Body of the people here they would not have conducted as they have done towards us—but sweld with pride at their victories, imperious <and> haughty and vindictive, they held us in too much contempt, to [suc[ce]ed] from a single demand, or tread back a single step which the have taken, and Talleyrand has had the craft to retain Mr Gerry for no other purpose than to Oblige us to pay them a Loan as they call it, for which we <shall> should never get a single Lone

The president has a Most arduous task before him. the incessent application to Buisness has worn him down more than I ever saw him before and he longs for the sweet air <of Quincy> of Braintree, and the saluberious shades of Quincy. it will be but a very short respit, should we be indulged for a few weeks to leave the Seat of Government, which becomes this Hot weather almost intolerable

You <never> much misinformd as it respected the Gathering of the Sans Cullots about the presidents door—it was in the State House Gardens that they assembled. the Light Horse were turnd out, and be sure they made a formidable appearenc before <the> this House. but they were for the protection of the president had any insult been offerd him, but there was not. the threats which had preceeded this day allarmed the Citizens and they were [alive] to every Rumour.—for myself I can truly say I had not any apprehensions. I went to bed about Eleven oclock & slept as well as usual. the temper & disposition of the people as a Body, is in favour of their Government as the Hundreds of Addresses from the province of Maine to North Carolina bear Witness—

As I know not when I shall be at Quincy, I inclose 20 dollars to purchase such Cloathing for the Children as you think they want—Linnen I presume they have sufficient.

I am my dear Sister with assurences of Love and affection / Your

A Adams

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