Adams Papers

From Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Smith Adams, 24 November 1799

November 24th 1799

My dear Sister

I receiv’d your kind Letter of the 18th yesterday and am glad to find you able to receive so much company tho I fear it will not be advantagous to your nightly repose

I was in Boston last Week and find the appointment of the Envoys is growing to be a very popular action some extracts from Joel Barlows Letters have made the appointment appear an act of wisdom—these extracts were in John Russels paper close at the heels of those peices you sent me

I have given Mrs Black the list of the Fashions I am fix’d for the Winter & Shall have nothing to do with them

The weather is delightful I want to see your Building going on People have been <[. . .]> ploughing eighteen Days at one of the Islands without interruption from Bad Weather

Mr Beal has painted your Floors as you desir’d & they look very Well—Mr Porter has kill’d the Hogs 2 of them weigh’d 20 [. . .] a peice & the other 15—the Legs Shoulders &c are in our cellar—& shall be attended too.


I have been prevented from finishing this Letter till this Evening you may remember tis our thanksgiving day & had you been here been highly entertain’d Such Prayers & Such a Sermon Oh! what a feast they are; So devoted & So truely evangelical! If I can prevale I will send you the Sermon If possible I admire him more than ever If this People knew how to [. . .] Such Talents a hundred dollars would not part us—next monday we are to have a meeting What will be the result I cannot conjecture He din’d with Mr Black to day & is gone to Hingham this evening.

Sister Smith & Miss [. . .] Apthorp din’d with us to day Sister was very well & went to meeting with me We cannot get Mrs Apthorp out yet—but I sent her some dinner The Turkey was very good The raisons made a fine Pudding—& the Flour is exellent The Sugar corrected the acid of the Cranberry & we drank our wine with thankful hearts & did not forget the channel thro which these Blessings flow’d

Mrs Apthorp behaves very properly—but the Family always do something different from other Folks when they bury their Friends—after Mr. A was put into his Coffin the young Folks thought the Head of it would look better lin’d with White Flannel so the Son & Daughter went to work with a Hammer & nails one held up his head and the other tack’d it on Mr A’s wife got her Brush & Paint & painted the edge Black, then the widow & all the People in the house were call’d to see what an addition to the beauty of the Coffin it was had I been present I should have propos’d puting a little rouge on his Face—I am sure it would have looked as much better as the coffin did for the Flannel & paint—They were not children of Sorrow—How could they be, but they should not have made a Baby house for him

I went to see uncle Quincy Twice last week he is very well I never saw him look better I call’d upon Mr Wibird both times he look’d more like a dirty Beast than any thing else I was affraid to sit by him—

Mr Nortons Family & Mr Greenleafs were well yesterday—I [. . .] Mrs Foster last week [. . .] & hers were well except herself She had a cold which settled in her Breast but it was better Mr Smiths Family were well Mrs Smiths children were very well when Mr Smith was at Atkinson John perform’d at the exhibition as well as any one in the School Sister will not make us a visit this Season, but I hope we Shall all meet in the Spring The anticipation of it cheers in your absence / the Heart of your affectionate Sister

Mary Cranch

I have receiv’d the five dollar Bill inclos’d in your last Letter

Your Friends all send Love

I have receiv this day a Letter from Mr Shay & one for doctor Tufts

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