Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Catherine Nuth Johnson, 9 May 1800

May 9th 1800

My dear Madam

I have been contemplating writing to you from day to day for Several weeks past: but having delayed too long already, I will now atone for former neglegence by immediatly inquireing after your Health and that of your Family? Since I left your City and reachd my own habitation we have had a more inclement Season than I experienced through the whole of the winter; if you have not had a portion of a similar Season, I Shall be led to covet a climate much more congenial to my feelings than the one I inhabit yet the Beatuties which my garden now present to my view from the window <by> at which I write, tempt me to forget the month of rain cloudy and gloomy which I have past, by the full Bloom of the trees, and the rich luxurience of the Grass platts interspersed amongst them. the cowslip the daffy & the collumbine all unite to render the scene delightfull. the Crown Imperial, tho an early flower has not yet found an assylum in my pa[s]tear—it <is too> bears too monarchial a title to find admittance in the catologue of an Humble citizen whose future occupations are destined to be, not amongst the Sons of Men; but the more innocent productions of Nature, the grove the Garden & the Feilds: these will gratefully return the labour and toil bestowed upon their cultivation; <either> by the fruits they will offer, the fragrance they will yeald, and the coulours they will display; envy nips not their buds, calumny destroys not their fruits; nor does ingratitude tarnish their coulours—

“Even luxery itself; when feasting here,

Is quietless, and esteemd a crime no more”

but to desend from this flight, <and take> I must inquire when you heard from our Daughter? Thomas has Letters from his Brother to the 27th of December; in reading them I Saw with admiration a man Six years Seperated from his Native Country, forming as accurate opinions of the views, objects Measures & Concequences of the late administration of the Government; as if he had been a personal Spectator during the whole period; and looking forward with an Eye too prophetic I fear of the futuer—why my dear madam did Govr Johnson refuse the chief Justiceship to which he was appointed? who Should Stand in the Gap? who Should Strive to uphold the Government, but those Strong pillars which are not to be Shaken but by the final dissolution of the Building?

[. . .] I cannot wean myself from the Subjects of politicks—when on Board a ship, who feels at ease without a Skillfull pilot? if tempests threaten us, we look for judgement prudence calmness and intrepidity in the commander—but <[. . .]> Rocks & Shoals are before us—Heaven knows where we Shall be landed we see as yet but in part; I was loth to believe that we Should be Set affloat; against warning against admonition—but he who runs may read—

when you See mrs Stodart present my Love to her; to the George Town Ladies a gratefull remembrance of their attention and politeness during my residence in washington—to mr Johnson my respects, to Thomas and the Ladies one and all a kind remembrance; Compliments to mrs Flenning to whom Susans desires I would present her duty assuring her that She has neither forgotten her, or the many good instructions which She received from her—

adieu my dear Madam

with Sentiments of Regard and affection I am / Your Friend

A A—

The Letter of Lyons was not a sufficient insult, <to> that was <added the> followd by the inclosed with the name cutt out as you See. Clay of Virgina is said to be the writer I <the> inclose it to you that you may <see> read the unprinted line. the malice lies and wickedness of that party can only be equaled by that Spirit which we are told walketh up and down the Earth Seek<eth>ing whom he may devour

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