Adams Papers

From John Adams to Abigail Smith Adams, 11 March 1799

Philadelphia March 11. 1799

My Dearest Friend

I cannot say when I shall be able to sett out. But I shall loose no time here. When the Public Business is in such a state that I can leave it, I shall go, be the Roads as they may.... I expect bad travelling all the way.

[Trenton] has indeed taken the Insurgent. But we have a silly Insurgence in Northampton County in this State, which will detain me, I suppose, some days. This State is not a moral [Person] it has not Intelligence enough to make it accountable for its Actions. I have recd Thomas’s Letter, with a very entertaining account of the [. . .]occassioned by what you call the Master Stroke. The Effect upon different Parties is described so naturally that it must be true.

My Volunteers will soon compass the Disturbance in Northampton.—The Spirit in the City is very high against them.

I am as ever

J. A

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