Adams Papers

To John Adams from Abigail Smith Adams, 22 November 1798

Quincy Novbr. 22 1798

My dearest Friend

On Sunday, Monday and Twesday we had a storm of Rain, Hail & Snow as severe as we usually get in Jan’ry or Feb’ry attended with a voilent gale of wind I could not form an Idea where you were, but thought from Your rapid movement early in the week that you might have got as far as Norwalk. My last Letter from you was dated at Suffield. I have not heard a word from Mrs. Smith since she left Boston. I regret that she did not sit out with you, when she might have gone so conveniently and without the expence which she must be at, but all was intended for the best. I hope she overtook you.

I have the pleasure to inform you that I have sustaind this severe winter weather for it freezes now in the House, better than I feard and have slept pretty well for four nights <successfully> without a waking one. My Spirits & Health mend in concequence I am able to attend to my Family more than I have done since my return, tho not without the constant admonition of Louisa. Aunt you will get cold. I have been out to ride but once since you left me; The vessel with our Lumber is not yet got round. It must go they say to Brackets [. . .]. The late Storm has been very unfavourable towards us, and will impeed our progress in getting Home the Lumber. Winter puts on an early and formidable appearence. I hope good will arrise from it and that it will effectually stay the plague in our cities. I have not yet heard a word from Brisler or Family.

I addrest to you at Phyladelphia where I hope you will be safely arrived I inclose some Letters received since you went away & will thank you to Frank the inclosed to Charles—

mr Cranch is something better tho so low as to keep his Bed and to have watchers constantly. I have not seen my sister since you left me here. I hope to hear from you frequently as a solace to me. I am as ever your affectionate

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