Adams Papers

From Cotton Tufts to Abigail Smith Adams, 22 June 1798

Weymouth June 22. 1798

Dear Madm.

Your Favours of May the 28h. & June the 6th. came safe to Hand in the Latter 200 Dr. and a Minute of the Sums transmitted to me, which I find to agree with the Credits I have given, it gives me Satisfaction, that in all the Transactions of Business for Quincy’s Estate as well as the Management of Yours I do not recollect an Instance wherein I have faild of giving Credit for Monies received tho I cannot be so certain with respect to Articles of Charge on the other Side—With Respect to what you have sent, other than the 200 for your private use, Would you have me give the Presidents Account current Credit for it, or would You have me keep a separate Account—and also charge the Expenditures for the Building seperate from it—

The Building will be in a Condition to receive Porters family by the first of July, <if> What Household Stuff is to be put into it? a large dining Table at least will be wanted there, must there be one made or that now us’d in the Kitchin of Your Dwelling House be remov’d there—The obstacles which have arisen in the Course of this Building, from Weather, Difficulty of procuring Stuff, Dearness of some of the Articles which has exceeded any former Period &c &c are at length surmounted and tho I do not expect that it will meet Your liking in every Respect, Yet I may venture to assure You that it will afford Room sufficient to answer your Purposes

I thank you for your kind Expressions of Concern for my Health, it is in some Measure amended, My Sides and Breast seem yet to be in a wounded or broken State, liable in stretching, lying down or stooping low to suffer Distress and some Degree of Pain—till this last Attack I have considerd my Complaints of the Rheumatic kind as affecting the Muscles of my Breast chiefly—but this last has been accompanied with a Cough not frequent or long, yet sufficient to convince me that sooner or later I must fall a Prey to these Complaints.

In my Letter to the President of the 14. Inst. I took the Liberty to mention my Nephew Mr. Turell Tufts who has for a Number of Years past <has> carried on the Mercantile Business in Hartford in Connecticut but by Losses at Sea & otherways is reduced, since a late Voyage to the West Indies and has latterly been at Medford—

I wish You to enquire (if you have an Opportunity) of Mr. Goodrich a Member in Congress from Connecticut, his Character. About Ten Days past I spent a Day with him at Medford had not seen or known much of him till then, for six or seven years, and found him to be a very intelligent Person—yet would be glad to know more fully his Character as it would give one Pain to have recommended a Person to an Office of which He was unworthy—

Yesterday I had the Melancholy [news of] the Death of Dr. Belknap who I am told died (as to be expected) of an Apoplexy—The World in general [. . .] in particular has lost a great, good & shining [. . .] the literary World as well as the Religious must mourn on this Occasion—

I fear Congress will set, till Sickness drives them away—Adieu / Yrs.

C Tufts—

P S: Yesterday it raind all day after Ten Days dry weather

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