Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 15 June 1799

Quincy June 15th. 1799.

My dear Son

Do you know that I have twenty fears that you are sick, or why have I not heard from you for so long a time? Your last Letter was to William Shaw and that written I believe the middle of May—the begining of June You was to enter Your office, it is now the middle, and I hear not of you—I have had an ill turn. Brisler is lade up with an attack of the veratable Goute and as Rhumatism is a cousin german, and the Season has nurtured and encouraged the disease, I fear my poor Thomas is harrassed with it, now if you are merry and cherily, without an akeing bone a yellow face or a faint stomach, pray relieve my mind by telling me so.

You see by the papers, that we have lost our valuable Gov’rt. to Mortal Dust greater honor was never more sincerely and affectionatly <bestowed> payd. It will be difficult to supply his place, with equal worth & tallents. out of 30 thousand voters for Gov’r he had this year 24 thousand, notwithstanding the exertions made for our General—

Your Father has received one Letter from Your Brother dated Feb’ry 18th. wholy upon public affairs by the No. 6 or 7 are missing. I have not had a line since your return.

I have not any Subject of concequence to communicate except the Marriage of mr I Gardner—to Miss Jackson and the rising of our two buildings which are to my mind,—they look very stately, B Adams says if any Body should ask who owns the best house in Quincy, or rather who is best lodged, he shall reply The president’s Horses.

I am this moment relieved of my anxiety by Louisa running up with your Letter brought by mr Greenleaf from Boston, and a Letter in your Brothers hand writing addrest to the president, but upon opening it contains only one for mrs Johnson. how I am mortified and almost tempted to open it—but I Send it on hoping others Will Soon come. this has the Salem post mark upon it—

I have been writing to your Brother and therefore cannot say much to you, as I am obliged you know to write but little at a Time.

I am glad you went to Mount Vernon; your account of the Commissioners corresponds with what your Father has repeatedly heard I believe, but as he has Nine plagues, he has been loth to meddle with the tenth, and for that Reason has kept clear of a visit to the federal city, planning Buildings, <was [. . .]> has been no part of his Education, and few persons have less taste for them—if he had—displaced these commissioners; those whom he might have appointed would not have given better satisfaction—

You will learn from William that your Brother’s Books have arrived. I think you desired to have your Trunk opened, but you must write about it—

Love Respects &c where due. What has become of the Countess—?

affectionatly / yours


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