Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to William Smith, 25 December 1799

Philadelphia Dec’br 25th 1799

Dear Sir

The paper which I inclose to you, will Shew you at one view the measures which have been adopted as tributes of gratefull Remembrance to the Remains of “the Man who united all Hearts,” and whose Death a whole Nation <[. . .]> mourn’s—When the heavy tydings reach the inhabitants of our State, I am Sure they will not be wanting in testimonies of Regret and Respect;

As Congress have requested the president to write a Letter to mrs Washington expressive of their deep sorrow, Mr Shaw will be the bearer of it. All Buisness in Congress has been Suspended in a great measure, and an universal Melancholy has pervaded all classes of people—

From abroad nothing reaches us but universal carnage and devastation, which is accumulating distress upon every Nation of every kind. What ungratefull Beings must we be in America, if we permit party annimosities, and private ambition to overturn the goodly fabrick of our National Government. yet there appears to be a combination forming in Several of the States to array themselves against the Federal Government. the Election both here and in Virgina of Govenours and the removal from office of all the firm federal Characters looks very like arrangment; in N York purposes of a Similiar nature are in agitation—as the time for intrigue is approaching, great hopes are entertaind of dividing the federal interest, and many who have call’d themselves so, have given but too much reason to their opponents, to discern their weak Side, and their vulnerable part. I Saw mrs otis to day; She and Family were well. my Love to mrs Smith cousin Betsy &c

Yours affectionatly

A. Adams

I thank you for the Sermon and the paper you Sent. our News is usually from Boston & N york

MHi: Smith-Townsend Family Papers.

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