Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to John Quincy Adams, 5 January 1800

Philadelphia Jan’ry. 5th. 1800

My dear Son

I wrote to you about a week since by the British packet, but a vessel going for Hamburgh gives me a fresh opportunity of addressing you. I have requested your Brother to make a collection of papers and pamphlets for you, which he has done. I am very solicitious to hear from you. I know not that I have ever been so long a time without Letters from you. Your last to me was the 3d of July—I know you have been anxious for my Health, it is much better this winter than the last. I most sincerely regret that you should have taken an intermitting fever from my own experience; I think it to be the most difficult of complaints to eradicate. It is now 12 years that I have had returns of it. it is depressing to the Spirits and ruinous to the constitution if not effectually combatted. our Louisa’s Health, how is it? She must come to America before she will have it confirmd. I will inclose a Letter from her Mamma to me; if she has not lately heard from her, it may be some consolation to see a Letter from her—tho to an other person,—Mr. Shaw is gone to Mount Vernon, and on his return will visit the Family. The news of the death of Genll. Washington will reach you from various quarters I doubt not before this Letter does. I inclose to you some papers which will shew the Respect and Veneration paid to the virtues and Services of this Great and Good Man—You who knew his worth; and have always respected and Revered his Character, will not want any Eulogy to exalt it in your estimation, yet it will be gratifying to you to See the Grateful tribute paid by all Ranks of people to the Memory of the Beloved Washington—

Congress have not yet got much engaged in any important debates—The old Dominion appears to be running mad and wild. the concequences resulting from the late Election of Govenour in that State and this, will be seen and felt hereafter, their views are not disguised;

our Envoys saild at a period when France appeard in the Back ground, and the coalition were successfull, Since that period, France has been successfull. I hope however they will not be less disposed, to peace and Justice, but there is but little calculating upon future events.

peter porcupine has quited this State, and closed his paper—He became so perfect a tool of party, that he was detested and abandoned by all, except the blind devotees of John Bull; there is a concerted plan amongst the Jacobins to bear down all before them, they are systematically laying their train through all the States. they have establish’d Jacobin papers in the remote parts of the States. these they use as they please, and very seldom are counteracted; the Federilists as usual trust to the justness and uprightness of their cause, and are entrapt before they are aware of it.

I determine to be more punctual in my correspondence than I have for some time past. Your Father Send his Love to you and wishes he could write to you, you know why he does not.

Your sister desires to be affectionatly rememberd to you. She and Caroline spend the Winter With me. Remember Me to mr. Welch. my Love to Louisa—no little Johny no little Catharine all for the best, be assured—with my best Love I am Yours

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