Adams Papers

From Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Smith Adams, 9 March 1800

Quincy March 9th 1800

My dear Sister

disappointment seems to be written upon all the exertions my dear Son makes to establish himself in any way to Support his Family & rise in the world. it may not always be So—his Struggles may Some time hence be crown’d with success—by his late applications he has been brought into view & may not be forgotten in the new arrangments my advise to him has been not to neglect any thing which offer’d in his profession, upon a Supposition that he should obtain the office he Sought nor to suffer himself to be greatly depress’d if he Should not obtain it

Judge Cushing is not return’d that I can find She has relations upon the Road which I believe always detains them some time

I rejoice my dear Sister that you have had so much health since you left us & hope you will find Quincy air as Salubrious & friendly to your constitution as that of Philadelphia has prov’d this season. tis winter yet with us the Banks of last week remain unmelted & tis Snowing now & has been for Six or Seven hours. We have had as cold weather this last week as We have experienc’d this winter. there has been a week or two of the most Ice lately that I ever knew—mr Ebenr. Newcomb Slipp’d down & broke his ancle. Cap. Jo Bracket Split his knew bone & mr Danl Greenleaf put his knew out of the Socket the two former are confin’d to their Bed mr Greenleaf is better and can hop about—mr Cranch & I drank Tea with them yesterday with mr & mrs Black. they all desir’d to be remember’d affectionately to the President & you Capn & mrs Beal cannot yet bring their stomack to be of our Partys <yet> tho I know they long too—Boylstone Adams has been affronted by them & he does not visit. I cannot think that Jo Prince ought to be prefer’d to your Nephew but morals is not one of the qualifications sought for by Some Parents when they are wishing for connections for their children genious & good sense they are no judges of. ann would have given the preference where She ought I am told had she been permeted. Mr A says Capn B refusd before he was ask’d—

Mr Whitney is gone to preach for Mr Ware he is sick with a Lung Fever is very ill, & has been So for three weeks. was a little releav’d yesterday by Bleeding

Doctor Tufts desir’d me to tell you that Mr Clark who lives in your House, wrote him that he understood that when your Furniture was remov’d from the other end of it that you would let the whole—that as he did not want it all & there was an other end of a House he could have he would take it—& deliver up yours at once—Mr Whitney desir’d me to apply to the Doctor for it for him.—the Doctor could give no answer either to Mr clark or him till he should receive orders from the President. he was here yesterday but had not time to write & desir’d me to—mr Whitney really looks distress’d to think he <could not> cannot get a place to live in now he is Settled. mr clark wishes an answer immediately as the other house will be ingag’d if he does not apply Soon. mr Whitney must have a house to himself. yours will want a little repairing I suppose. I believe he will not be married before you return

Doctor Phipps has been Sick a month and his wife roving & runing every where poor man he wants a Friend more than a Physician Docr. Tufts Says—I have been affraid to go to see him She flys at People and Strikes them She has not been here but once & then she frighted all the children—

Miss Gannett thanks you for the kind manner in which you mention her—offers her best respects, & promisses to profit by your friendly advice—poor Girl I wish she may; She has been ruin’d by bad management in her very earley years Such a desposition as hers needed the Strictest goverment requir’d her to yeald implicit obeydence & not to be allow’d to gain her point by artful tr[i]cks—her confidants were vicious Servants & their companions till no conversation was too gross for her ears to bear—The greatest evil next to being <[. . .]> vicious ourselves is having wicked Servants imploy’d about our children when they are very young mr Gannett is doing better now I trust he sees & deplores the evil Katy is going to make them a visit how long it Will be will depend [upon] her conduct. I pity his Wife if She does not Subdue [her] temper & I have no reason to think she will—tis a [very] unpleasent one & She appears totally void of religious [principles] & is not govern’d by moral ones I am Sometimes greav’d almost to tears. She does not want understanding nor [Tast] her Passions & her Flesh Wholly govern her

mrs. Black has receiv’d your Letter & will write mrs Smith you Say will leave you soon—to go where? not to live in a camp—the Colln. is there I suppose. Her Lads were well last week—I had a Letter from Sister & Cousin Betty—Sister was in good spirits & full of Humour Eliza has another Love affair which amuses her as she has taken him in the cradle of his education tis to be hop’d She will not be again disappoint’d. he does not leave colleage till next august She has consulted Sister as a Parent in this matter

pray give my respect’d to the President Love to my cousins & mrs otis & accept the tenderest affection of your Sister

Mary Cranch

Miss Lazell begs me to present her respectful regards & wishes for some good advice also promisses to treasure it up & improve by it

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