Adams Papers

From Mary Otis Lincoln to Abigail Smith Adams, 2 January 1800

Hingham Jany the 2—1800

My ever Respected friend

I hope you will pardon the liberty I take in addressing you in this way but the fear that my Vebal respects might from the multiplicity of my good fathers cares be forgoten must be my apology for offering you thus the Condolence and Compliments of the Season. I have heard with much pleasure that you are in the injoyment of health be assured that you have my best wishes that every blessing may attend you and yours.

I attended yesterday the Ordination of Mr B Whitney as Colleague with Dr Shute & had the pleasure to meet your friend Dr Tufts & Lady and M. & Mrs Norton they informed me that all your friends at Quincy are well; and wishing for Mr P Whitney acceptances of their very good offers; and I hope he will be endused to; But I have my doubts as He call’d on me this morning and appers very much out of health which affects his spirits and of course he does not see things through the most comfortable Medium.

I hear you are so happy as to have my Early friend Mrs Smith with you this winter; Be so kind as to tender my regards to her if I am not banished from the desireable Recess of her friendship. A letter from her would be truly gratifying to me.

I often visit you in imagination and should be happy to in reality could I do it without neglecting the Weighter matters of the Law which with me is the care of my dear children.

Our friend Mrs Guild I am sorry to say has been obliged to take lodgings at Boston for the winter on account of her daughter the last I heard of her was that Dr Warren though it would be impossabl to save the Limb If it is the case I think with so slender a habit that she has very little chance for her life—She is a very fine child and Mrs Guild be very unfortunate to loos her.

My best respects ever attend the President and I flatter myself that I shall not be forgoten by him If not for my own Merits by the pleasing remembrance He has of my good father the Unfortunate James Otis Who I doubt not [. . .] high in the Archives of Heaven [. . .] his name is not Engraven on Marble Moniments on earth.

With compliments to / Miss Smith I have the Honour to be / with the highest respect / your friend

Mary Lincoln Jr

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