Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Cotton Tufts, 13 November 1799

Philadelphia Nov’br 13th 1799

dear Sir

I left East Chester on the 5th of the month and reachd Brunswick on the 9th where the President met me; on fryday we all arrived in safety; having had a pleasent and agreable journey; I found the President had taken on his Journey a voilent cold, which was very afflicting to him and, hung much heavier than if he had earlier attended to it. it reduced his flesh; took away his appetite; I think it was attended with something of an intermitting fever—he is I hope getting the better of it; my own Health was better for my journey and a relief from care. we have had remarkable fine mild weather here; I hope it has enabled mr Porter to compleat his Farm buisness, and the Carpenters to compleat the wood House and other matters, which were in hand. the cellar Brisler informs me was in a good way when he left it, and the weather has favourd its completion I trust. the President hopes you will not omit to have 8 or 9 Barrels of good late made cider, put up in the cellar for his own particuliar use—

I inclose to you three Bill of a Hundred dollars Each, which you will please to credit to the President; they are Bills which being indorsed in Boston they do not like to take here; any Letters which relate to those particuliar affairs which we negotiate together, you will please to give to mrs Cranch to come under her cover—those Subjects which relate to the Farm, and the buildings already up, may come as usual—

we have not any News of a more recent date than what you get from Boston, unless it is an official Letter from mr Smith, containing the acknowledgment of Louis the 18 as king of France by the court of Portugal.

Present me affectionatly to mrs Tufts and all our Friends. you will please to acknowledge this Letter with its contents as soon as you receive it—

Yours affectionatly

A Adams

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