Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to William Smith Shaw, 23 June 1798

Philadelphia June 23d. [1798]

Dear William

I yesterday received your Letter dated at Cambridge in which you inform me that you are going to Quincy to pass a week before you return to Atkinson. In hopes that this may find you there I inclose for you a couple of Neck Handkerchiefs. I am grieved at what I hear respecting your Sisters Health. I pray God restore her, and continue her as a Blessing to all her Friends and connections. A more amiable temper or a better disposition I never knew. She had renderd herself very dear to me. I am wounded for your dear Mother. I know not how she will be able to bear up under So great an affliction as the loss of her would be—You must strive to do all in your power to comfort and console her.

You will have learnt Mr Marshals arrival and will have seen the Letters of Mr Gerry to the President. The State of things embarresses Congress whilst Mr Gerry is not known to have left France. They will not do all they ought. The Bill sent yesterday from Senate, comes pretty near what must be done before Congress rises I presume.

I have but little time this mor’g to write you, as I must get a Letter ready for your Aunt Cranch to go by post & the weather is oppressively Hot.

Your affectionate

PS I send you the papers with the last dispatch.

DLC: Shaw Family Papers.

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