Adams Papers

From John Adams to Abigail Smith Adams, 13 December 1798

Phyladelphia Dec. 13. 1798

My Dearest Friend

Your Letters of Nov. 29, Dec. 2. and 3 affect me very tenderly. The low Spirits, Effects of long and exhausting Sickness are apparent: but these are Evils of a serious nature. I pray you to banish as much as possible all Gloomy Thoughts and be very cautious to avoid every thing which may endanger a return of your old Disorders.

To reconcile you to your fate I have a great mind to give you a detail of mine. A Peck of Troubles in a large Bundle of Papers, often in a hand Writing almost illegible, comes every day from the office of [. . .], Office of [. . .], Offfice of [. . .], &c. &c. &c. Thousands of Sea Letters, Medeterranean Passes and Commissions & Patents to Sign—No Company—No society—idle unmeaning Ceremony—Family Vices, Follies, Extravagance, Shiftlessness and Health, sinking for what I knew under my Troubles and fatigues.

You and I, seem to have arrived prematurely at the Age when there is no pleasure.—

All this is not the Resignation of Socrates.

I cannot encourage the Idea of your coming on to Phyladelphia. The horrid Roads and cold damp Weather would put an End to you.

I hope our dear Thomas will arrive and chear you up.—I am with / unalterable affection,


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