Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Mary Smith Cranch, 2 November 1800

New Haven Sunday 2d. Nov’br 1800.

my Dear Sister

You will forgive me my Dear sister that I spaired both you and my Self the pain of a formal leave, and that I left you without bidding you an adieu. I never was so divided between Duty, and affection. the desire I had to remain with you, and the necessity I was under to commence a long and tedious journey at this late Season of the Year—my Heart was rent with the distrest Situation of yourself and family; I could not be with You as I wished. I Saw mrs Black, and requested of her Sisterly kindness and attention. I have no doubt of the fullfillment of her kind promise. to the great Physician both of body and Soul I committed you and yours—and Sit out with an anxious mind and heavey Heart. I reachd this place last Evening and as usual put up at my old quarters Mrs Smiths, where I Shall remain this day—we got on without any accident and had a fair week for travelling. the weather to day is rainy, but promises to clear up by wednesday I hope to reach newyork and there to hear from you as my good Brother promised I Should—the President left Philadelphia for Washington the Day I left Quincy

Mrs Smith desires to be affectionatly rememberd to you—with Love to mrs Greenleaf and Norten

I am your affectionate Sister

A Adams


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