Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Mary Smith Cranch, 20 October 1799

East Chester October 20th 1799

My dear Sister

I reachd this place yesterday morning and found Mrs Smith and Caroline very well. Mrs Adams and her two little Girls have been here three weeks. N York still distressd with the fever, tho many of the inhabitants have returned to the city, yet several of them have fallen since, and from the return of so many persons, new cases have been increased.

I found a Letter from the President who writes, that he was oppresst with one of his old heavey colds—that he could get but a small Room and Bed Room at Trentown for his accomodation, that the fever still was so bad in Philadelphia that it would not be thought prudent to attempt going in untill the Black frosts of Novbr came—I found here old mrs Smith and Nancy just returnd from Baltimore. They past through the city of Philadelphia. they said that tho it was Evening when they got there; yet they would not have remaind a Night, for the smell of the city was so offensive that they could not endure it—They therefore procured a carriage and got 5 miles out. I left mr Otis and Family at a neat Inn about 7 miles from hence. Mrs Smith is gone out this morning to see if she can procure lodgings for them in this place—We had a very agreable journey save that young Farmer proved so lame as to oblige me to hire an other horse, and have him led on—

I am desirious to hear from you. a Letter directed to East Chester to the care of the post master New Rochell will reach me—I mentiond to mr Beal that I would have the garret entry painted & the back stairs. I would have them done before he leaves the House. the kitchin floor stands in need of painting. I think it will be best to do it, even tho I should make the alteration in the kitchin which I contemplate. You must not write a word about the cellar unless the Letters come immediatly to me.

Remember me to all our Friends. Mr. Smith and Caroline & Mrs Adams desire to be rememberd to you. Louisa will write for herself.

Your affectionate Sister

A Adams


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