Adams Papers

From William Smith Shaw to Abigail Smith Adams, 14 December 1798

Philadelphia Dec 14th 1798 Fryday morning

My dear Aunt

I send you this morning besides the usual number of papers, one from Newburyport containeing a good letter signed W, addressed to Joel Barlow. For two or three days past we have had very excellent slaying but a great rain yesterday has destroyed it almost all—At Quincy I suspect the snow is a foot or two deep on a level.

There are a great many of the members <absent> of congress still absent. Mr L. of N York is not present and it is whispered about that owing to derangement of private affaires, he will be obliged to absent himself this session; but I will not vouch for the truth of it.

The presidents speech, it is said, pleases all parties more than any thing he ever publickly delivered. I sent you by wednesday’s mail the Aurora containing observations on it—but the president has just called me to copy his answer to the house of Reps. who are to wait upon him to day at twelve Oclock.

I hope we shall letters from you by the Eastern mail of this morn.

With sincere prayers for your better health / I am my dear aunt / your affectionate nephew,

Wm. S. S.

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