Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Elizabeth Smith Shaw Peabody, 26 October 1800

Quincy october 26 1800

my dear Sister

I wrote you in my last how much I was dissapointed in not being able to visit you my dear Sister, but if I had not been obliged to have prepared for my Journey the Situation of our dear Sister and family, as well as of my own would have prevented me, tho a kind providence has preserved the Life of our Sister hitherto, and restored mrs Norten to our prayers, So far as to give us hopes of her recovery. death has enterd into my habitation and taken a valuable Domestic. my Coachman was taken with the fever as I believe I wrote you; and on Wednesday last dyed; two others of my family have been threatned with the Same calamity, but by timely administring Medicine, I hope they will escape. a more destrest family than our worthy Brother Cranch’s there has not been in Town. the Head, and the help taken of, there are now five in the house all unable to help themselves. Sister Cranch has been the most dangerous, and is now the weakest and most reduced She wants Such nursing as She herself gives to others when Sick. mrs Greenleafs Lucy is Sick of the Same fever and requires all her Mothers attention. She poor woman is most worn down besides She is obliged to take charge of the family below, for Katy they have a nurse. Sister has one with her, but She wants as many as two. <we> Mrs Smith & I have been with her as much as we could, but I am but just getting up after a fortnights illness—I am with a heavey Heart and a distrest mind obliged to Sit out tomorrow morning upon my journey—all that I could do to render their distrest Situation less so, I hope I have not been deficient in. George has the fever the lightest but that is bad enough—it is a dreadfull fever of the Billious kind. those who recover look like Shadows—

my dear sister a bundle of Cloaths are sent to mr Fosters for the Children—in them you will find a pr of Black Silk Gloves <for the Chil> of which I ask your acceptance—I have only time to add, that I hope we may be Spaired to each other So as to meet again in this world, but if Providence orders it otherways, may we have a joyfull meeting in a better—

Respects to mr peabody & My Love to the Children and dear Neice—

pray my dear Sister write to washington to your ever affectionate, but now greatly afflicted / Sister

A. Adams

DLC: Shaw Family Papers.

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