Adams Papers

From Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Smith Adams, 15 December 1799

Quincy December 15th. 1799

My dear Sister

I yesterday reciev’d your Letter of Decm. 4th with the Presidents Speech. We had seen and admir’d it before. I have not heard any one speak of it but with approbation. I am sure some of our Feds must feel asham’d of themselves. Will they never learn to trust where they have plac’d confidence? I hope my Sister We shall keep out of the Fire but I have my fears the President must not be Weary of well doing No man was ever pray’d for with more sincerity than he is from our Pulpits every Lords day—We certainly have a fine set of clergimen around us. mr Kendal is to be ordain’d <a> new years day & mr [. . .] Whitney from Shirley on the Same day at great plain at Hingham. Mr. Peter Whitney has not given his answer yet but I think he will accept our offers, if so we may have an ordination here before you return. he is now confin’d with the Mumps which he caught among us.—

Your Brother Adams & Mr Black waited upon him with the offer & invitation of the Town. [. . .] he was not at home, but he has written [to] Mr Cranch a handsome Letter informing him that he should give the message that serious consideration which the importance of the object demanded. mr Adams was charg’d with a message to mr Whitney from Capn. Beal & Jo Baxter, informing him that they did not wish him to settle with us—mr Black said if it had not been for that, he should have gone after him but he did not wish mr Adams to deliver it t’was so foolish. People laugh at Capt. Beal most sadly, that he should be so zealous to get him here, & then be almost the only man to find fault with him. I ask one & another, “What it is he dislikes”: one says “because mr W. makes it so difficult for him to get to Heaven”, another “that mr W. is forever bringing a future day of retribution before his eyes. Capt. Hall told him before the councillor that if mr W. did send him to the Devil he had his commission from the Scriptures—Capt. Beal will never again have the influence in this Town, he has had, I pity Mrs Beal. She lives a lonely life She misses mrs Black & you. They have a silent grudge because the mr Greenleaf & mr Cranch did not vote for him last [. . .]

mr Cranch I & Miss Katy the Two mr & mrs Greenleafs mrs Black & Mrs. Blake all din’d at mr Blacks last Friday—We thought—& talk’d of you.

mrs Norton & Richard were here on thursday last. mrs Norton desired her Duty to you with many thanks for her Turkey Send Love to mrs Smith & all her Cousins & begs that cousin Thomas may be informed that his Son grows finely & can speak already

I went yesterday & took the Gowns you sent for from the Imperial. They were under every thing—quite at the Bottom. I thought I should have froze my Fingeres before I could find them I shall put them into a small Trunck & send them to mr Smiths on Teusday & hope you will get them.

mrs Mears has been very ill Jaudice I [. . .] is her dissorder. She could keep nothing upon her Stomack & has brought up the largest Quantitys of Bile that ever I heard of I have been to see her today She has had Doctor Holbroke, but now I have taken her under my care. She is better but will not be well very Soon.

my Love to the President tell him all his relations are well his Brother & <his> Son & all thier connections are pleased with their [. . .] elect & I trust the President himself will not be displeased when he hears him.—

Love as due from your ever / affectionate Sister

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