Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Cotton Tufts, 27 December 1800

Washington Decbr 27th 1800

Dear Sir

There is a little painting which I should be glad to have Mr. Beal do as soon as he can, my kitchin floor & closet and the Sink which was omitted last year, and the Chamber over the best chamber which floor was only primed last year—I would have the Green Window blinds compleated which were to have been done last year, and have them painted; this will compleat the list of my repairs—and I do not regreet that I have got so far through them. I wish I was well at Home. the journey has many terrors for me in mid winter. I recollect you comfirted me when I was leaving Home, by telling me not to hurry myself, but take every thing leasurely, & got on well and hope I may return so—I hope mr Porter has compleated the wall against the Garden—& carted in gravel to raise the yard; if the winter since December came in has been as mild as it is here; you have little frost or Snow, I think it is not wholesome weather; and I feel as tho it would produce the intermitting fever upon me. It looks like Spring and the Grass in front of the house is turning Green—I do not regreet leaving the House, nor the city—Neither are calculated for our Northern Constitutions—As it respects ourselves, we may have reason to rejoice in our releasement from public care and strife, for Strife their will be, let who will preside at the Head—Some democrat in a debate in the House said, the Sun of federalism was just about to Sit, never to rise more—and rejoiced at it. I add the Halcion days of America are already past—but I do not rejoice at it—What will be the result, of the House of Representitives respecting the two candidates, I cannot say. To be obliged to chuse, to give the federal sanction of a choice of men to rule over us, whom they cannot confide in to administer the Government, and whom the Majority of Americans neither desired, or wished for, is a Solemn trust committed to them, and a difficult one to discharge—May they be directed for the best good and interest of the Country.

The <States of the> public mind is so much agitated, and so unsetled, that little or no buisness of concequence will be transacted this Session. The Members of both Houses meet, but to adjourn; the Antis do not desire to have any thing done, and the federilists are so shagrined and disheartned that they know not how to sit about buisness—

Thomas wrote me a conversation Dallas had with him. He has always affected to speak in high and respectfull terms of the President. “I could not have beleived” said d[allas] []that N England would have behaved so shamefully towards Your Father as to have given an equal support to any candidate for the Presidency—I am less surprised at the conduct of N York, because it is well known that mr Burrs reward for producing the change there, was to be nothing less than the vice Presidency. His efforts therefore were proportionably great and the Success of the Republican Cause is intirely oweing to them”

Is not Mr. Jefferson a most fortunate Man,added he to come into office when our coffers are full, peace and a treaty made with France by the present administration, which prevents the danger of any difference with England on that score. No standing Army—upon my soul I cannot help thinking a good understanding must have subsisted between your Father and Mr. Jefferson upon the Subject. You give excellent said Mr Ingersoll, “who overheard the conversation” for turning Mr. Adams out of office, do you not think so?

The President received your Letter and will write to you

With affectionate regards to all Friends / I am yours &c,

A. Adams

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