Adams Papers

To John Adams from Cotton Tufts, 4 April 1800

Weymouth April 4th. 1800.

Dear Sr.

Shipley who was on the Farm last Year, came the 24th. Ulto. and brought an elder Brother with Him with a view of entering into Your Service if wanted—I immediately put them on Business, and finding by Mrs. Porter, that the elder Shipley for Wall making, and the Business of the Farm, is equal to the other, have engagd them both, the Younger for the Year, the other for the Season. They both appear to be very likely Men. They are now continuing the Wall begun between You & Mr. Black, which I hope to have compleated in a few days. The Stones provided are not of the best kind for making an handsome Face, probably of those blown in the Land opposite to Your House some will be obtaind of a better kind; Porter is removing them to the Wall. this would have been done sooner, had the Ground been settled. There yet remains considerable Frost in the Ground. A Blast has been made in all those Rocks, but being large they will require several More Blasts before they can be fully got out.

The Scarcity of Sea Weed in the Fall & Approach of Winter, arising from the Want of some heavy Storms, prevented the Collection of so large a Quantity as was wish’d for, a very considerable Quantity however was obtaind, part of it spread upon the Still part in the Barn Yard, where there is now a large Body of Manure compos’d of Barn Dung Mould & Sea Weed, ready to be transported as soon as the Ground is settled—Before the Frost set in, all the Manure in the Yard was carried upon the Hill and on the ploughd Ground, what remains is the Produce of the Winter—

The Orator of Weymouth considers himself as highly honourd with your Encomium upon him and your Ideas of his Performance, could he have conceived himself to have merited them. He would not have been averse to the Publication of his Oration. He is however apprehensive that He must yield to the Solicitation of his Friends.

Accept of the best Wishes / of Your Sincere Friend & Hume. Sert.

Cotton Tufts

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