Adams Papers

From William Smith Shaw to Abigail Smith Adams, 22 December 1798

Philadelphia Dec 22d [1798] Saturday Eve—

My dear Aunt

I received your letter of the 14th of Dec by this mornings mail, but not any newspaper as you mention. Judge Dana’s address I have read with great pleasure in the price current, which Russels sends to the president regularly. I observed in the same paper some extracts from Southy’s poems, with which, I was very much pleased—they are very descriptive and elegant.

Dexter has just arrived after having a very long passage. It would have been better had he concluded to come the whole way by the stage.

The president is very well and in good spirits, but is busily employed the whole time in his office. He has ten thousand cares to perplex and harrass him. He will soon I suppose make the nominations for the army to the Senate.

I scarcely ever knew a colder winter than we have had here this winter. We have snow storm after snow storm. & it is most admirable slaying

Mrs Grattan is not dead Jenny is in the kitchen. Peter Frank is here and is as obliging as one could wish.


Wm S. Shaw

I send you with the rest of the papers Earl of Clare speech which you will find well worthy an attentive perusal.

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