Adams Papers

From Ruth Hooper Dalton to Abigail Smith Adams, 3 October 1798

Washington Octber 3. 1798

My much Respected and Esteemed Friend

The contents of this letter I hope will be an apology for my intruding on You once more upon a disagreeable subject, that I hoped not to have occasion ever to mention to You again.

I am very sorry to find a paragraph in my last letter had given You any Uneasiness. indeed my dear Madam it was not intended it proceeded from pity for the sister of a Man who I am sure must suffer much from the conduct of an impetuous Brother and who has no other connection here.

Think my dear Friend how much I was surprized last satterday when I was told by a Friend of ours that a report was abroad and You had heard it, that there was like to be a connection between Capt Duncanson and one of my Daughters. I never was more Astonished, and nothing could happen that would give me more uneasiness. I can say I firmly belive that it never was thought of by my Daughters and I am sure I have no reason to think it was by Mr Duncanson and by Mr. Dalton and myself the most distant, and would be the most disagreeable that could happen. So far from haveing any reason to think He ever had a thought of the kind that we have lived Eighteen Mounth in the City and I dont think He has been ten times in our House He has never been near us since the affair of His abuse to Mr Cranch.

My dear Friend Banish from your mind such an Idea and I beg You will be so kind if you ever hear it to contradict it from me.

I am much grieved to hear You have been unwell since You have been at home hope ere this you have recovered and will be able to return <[. . .]> safely to Philadelphia. how much has that beloved City suffered this Fall and many of our acquantance in it my poor Girls feel very much the loss of their beloved Friends Lucy Brick and Miss Wescott we were much shocked as we had not an Idea of their being in danger we feel much grieved for Mr. Bricks Family hope soon the fever will abate and never return again.

Mr Dalton has been confined to His room for three weeks with a violent inflammation in His eyes which prevents His writing Is now much better. Joyns with me and Family in the sincerest regards to the President and Yourself. Hoping no impressions to our disadvantage will remain on Your minds. Indeed my dear Friend you will find us as sincere and true to you and Yours as ever.

I remain Your unalterable Friend and Humble servant,

Ruth Dalton

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