Adams Papers

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

Germantown 15th. October 1799

My dear Mother.

Your favors of the 5th: and 7th: currt. came in course, and I am much indebted to you for the disposition you made of the letters, which arrived, after my father’s departure. I have lately recd; several European letters & pamphlets & ought to have received another with the letter you enclosed me from Mr. Pitcairn, in which he desires particular respects to you. He acknowledges the receipt of my letter of June 2d. which contained the order for your bed quilts of edder down, but only upon the back of a letter. I presume you will receive the quilts this winter.

For my last letter to my father; I mean the contents of it, I got, as I anticipated, a rap or two across the knuckles, but very good humoredly, and perhaps for my benefit. I thought it rather a saucy letter, but when I was once mounted on the high ropes it was hard to get down again without a fair swing.

A letter from JQA of the 16th.August from Töepliz, a watering place, where he took his wife, for the benefit of her health, says he had just recovered from a severe intermittent fever, and expected to be there and at Dresden, some time longer. He writes no news.

I am glad you are so well escorted on your journey, though the weather has I think been unfavorable for travelling. When you reach East Chester, if you should not see fit to send for me please to give my love to Sister and the Col: and ask for a sword Cane I left there last Spring, with my Cypher on the top—perhaps it is at Charles’s in New York. I have a little business at N.Y. but not enough to authorise the jaunt unless you require it. My father has invited me to join him at Trenton, which I shall probably do in a few days.

We have lost our Election by a considerable majority; so says report, at least, and I believe it true. My conviction of it before the tryal took place was so strong, that I have won a beaver hat and pair of half boots by the event, having wagered against my own Candidate. The chief thank fortune is off of the bench, so that in addition to being well covered top and bottom, I shall have the satisfaction of his paying for all the bows and scrapes I may be obliged to make him as Governor. The wear and tear of hat and sole leather is paid me in advance. Such are my consolations for the loss of a very important object, but I can safely say it was not my fault that it was not gained.

Present me kindly to all friends & believe me Your son

T. B. Adams

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