Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Mary Smith Cranch, 17 January 1800

Janry 17 1799 [1800]

my dear Sister

I received your kind Letter of Janry and intended writing you yesterday, but I know not how it is, I have less time for writing than formerly. I believe it is partly oweing to my not being able to improve the Morning as I used to. When I can sleep I indulge myself more, as it is not light enough to See to write till after Seven oclock. Our Weather is too warm. we shall have a Sickly Spring. colds are very common. poor little Caroline has been threatned with the [. . .] or Hives. She is very Sick now but I hope not dangerous, it is a very allarming complaint

I am rejoiced to learn that we shall once more be a setled people, any thing I have is at your service. I inclose you ten dollars towards purchasing a Gown for Mr. Whitney as my part.

I know you .will rejoice that I have heard from mr Adams tho the Letter is four Months old, It is dated at dresden 7th Sepbr when he was about returning to Berlin. he says he was quite recoverd & mrs Adams’s health much mended—

do you want to see a Specimen of virgina democracy, politeness independance Respect for Authority couchd in language decent polite and Manly—read the inclosed from litterally a Beardless Boy, a child in voice and face, the most puerile figure you ever saw for his age which is said to be 26—Let the public judge—

I can only add my / Love to all Friends from your truly affectionate



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