Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 20 January 1799

Quincy Janry. 20th 1799

My dear Thomas

I Congratulate you my dear Son, upon your safe arrival in your Native Country; and myself that I have the prospect of seeing you again, a prospect which for many Months I had no hopes of realizing. as your Father can inform you, and to the very low State of my Health, it is oweing that I cannot so soon as I wish enjoy the pleasure of welcomeing you Home; and meeting you at Philadelphia, where <[. . .]> I should have been, if my Health would have permitted. I am however much recoverd since your Father left me. I have been in an anxious State of mind for your Safety ever since I learnt that you would have a winters voyage, and it was no small releif to me when the paper announced the Arrival of the Alexander Hamilton, and “mr T B Adams, the third Son of our Beloved President” <as> the printer was so obliging as to add. I hope in the course of the week to receive a confirmation from your own Hand. your duty and your inclination must carry you first to Philadelphia, and if I can be assured of your safety and of your Health, I shall wait patiently for your return here, as will best correspond with your views, and your convenience requiring however as early intelligence from you; and from your Brother& Sister, as you can transmit to me. your Friends here all rejoice with me, and congratulate me upon your arrival.

I am my dear Son / your ever affectionate / Mother,

A Adams.


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