Adams Papers

From Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Smith Adams, 28 April 1800

Quincy April 28th 1800

Dear Sister

I clos’d my last Letter by informing you that Mr & Mrs Gannett were returned. I went down to receive them & found them both sick he with the Gout in his Foot & She with a violent cold I had them both to nurse till the next morning for it rain’d so hard all the afternoon that they could not return home—Mrs Norton is got below to day but is very feeble, & I hop’d to have had our house not quite so much like a hospital, but Mr Cranch has taken a bad cold with the sudden change of the weather We have had violent winds first South with Summer heat & then north-west with the cold of midwinter I wonder every body is not sick Mr Cranch is really so, he is stuff’d at his Lungs & coughs much—I dread his colds he is so long recovering from them—

I told mr Bates how you would have your house done I read him the derections & talk’d with the masons & painter you have no way to get from your new room to the Kitchin but by going out of the back entry door or thro’ your other Rooms. I see but one way you can have it, you may have an small entry from where your window next to your Kitchen Dresser into the new entry it would darken the back-window in your north Room, but you might have another in this little entry opposite to it which would <admith> admit the light from the yard. the door would open in the side of the great entry facing the Kitchen window This need not prevent a door to open from the great entry into the back yard. I have talk’d with Mr. Bates upon the subject. He says it can easily be done but he had no orders for it. I think a passage some how or other is what you will want—The Rooms will be beautifully pleasent

Phebes Husband is imploy’d in your garden the Seeds I shall furnish him with, your Dutch Ga[rde]ner took away all you sav’d last year, Mr Clark is mov’d into Henry Hardwicks house he & his Wife cannot agree to live together. She is return’d to her Father: & he has put out his children and gone to board himself the House for Mr Whitney is filing u.

The account you gave me of my Son was a cordial to my Spirits, I thought he could speak if courage had been permited him. He has meet with enough to depress him If he has not brilliant he has solid abilltties—he is not a superficial man. I hope mrs Cranch will not suffer in her health by her loss, it is sometimes more prejudicial to the constitution than two or three perfect Births.

M. Jo Cranch has been sick ever since January & I fear will never recover by what I here a Gentleman has just arriv’d from West-Point who gives a very bad account of his Situation his Case is a billious one attended with a total loss of Spirits. I am greiv[ed] for them all—

This is a very short Letter compair’d with what I design’d you should have but I am not my own I belong to every body but no one has intitled themselves more than you my dear Sister to the time & attention of your affectionate & grateful Sister

Mary Cranch

I have not forgotten the request of Gentleman with only one arm I forget his name I shall have an answer in a few days.

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