Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Mary Smith Cranch, 12 February 1800

Philadelphia Feb’ry 12th 1800

My dear sister

I did not write to you the last week. I supposed you must be much occupied by the ordination which I hope is happily over and that I may congratulate you as well as myself upon again having a setled pastor, in whose society I promise myself much pleasure please god to continue my Life—

I cannot entertain you with any thing new. I have the pleasure of mrs Cushings company frequently. She will call and see you upon her return and tell you how we are—I have sent by her a little Jockey for my Little Thomas B. A. Norten which I hope will fit him and of which I request his Mammas acceptance. Since I wrote you I have received a Letter from Sister Peabody who I was rejoiced to learn was well and in pretty good Spirits—I have also had a Letter from your Son who writes like the Man of Sense he always was. I ventured to mention him myself to Judge Patterson, and Judge Cushing has said every thing proper upon the occasion. Judge Chase mr T B A went himself to, and ask’d him if he had been informd that mr Cranch was a candidate for the office of Clerk to the Supreme Court Yes Sir I do, do you know his Character Sir? Yes Sir I do—Then Sir I have nothing further to add—Judge Cushing mentiond to judge Chace that mr Cranch was a Nephew of mine, to which he replied, that mrs Adams wish should be his Law—This tho very polite in the Judge, I am far from wishing should influence him or any of the other gentlemen. If I did not think Mr. Cranch a person well qualified for the office, I would not recomend him if he was my own Son. To judge Washington no application from any one of the Family has been made. He holds his appointment as Judge from the president, and I had some scruples upon that account whether in point of delicacy I ought to say any thing to him. Judge Cushing advised that mr Cranch should himself write to the Judges—and I wrote to him requesting him to do so, and yesterday just before the Court rose having finishd their Buisness, mr Cranch’s Letters arrived and mr T B A diliverd them—There is an other candidate who has made considerable interest belonging to New Jersey, the State in which Judge Paterson lives; so that I presume Judge Paterson will be silent, if mr Cranch should be nominated. The Gentlemans name is Colwill whose father fell in Battle in the American Revolution. he is said to be a Gentleman of Merrit. A gentleman applied yesterday morning to Judge Cushing in his behalf. The Judge replied that he could not give any encouragement, because he was interested for an other Gentleman. To this the Gentleman who applied, said that he had heard that there was an application from a Carpenter in the city of Washington—The Judge replied that Solomon who built the Temple might be as well calld a Carpenter. The Gentleman who would have his vote that had received a liberal Education, was regularly Bred to the Law, and had been Several years a practitioner, early setled in Washington, had a fair and honorable Character, and tho he wishd well to the other Gentleman, he could not give him his interest—Thus the matter now stands. The result I presume my next Letter will inform you of<f>

I want to hear from you. It is a long time now since I had that pleasure.

Remember me <of> kindly to all / Friends. /

Your ever affectionate Sister

A. A


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