Adams Papers

From Abigal Adams Shaw Felt to William Smith Shaw, 30 December 1800

Atkinson Decmber 30th 1800

My Dear Brother,

I feel almost affraid to attempt writing to you; but hope you will be kind enough to excuse my errors. I wish very much to see you, and to know how you like the City of Washington, and whether you injoy your health there. I think my dear Aunt & Uncel Adams must be very much afflicted for the loss of my Cousin Charles; but she is so good that I know she will bear it as an affliction, for which we ought alway to be prepared. I wish my dear Brother that I could be more with you. I feel as if I could not wait so long atime before I see you. But I hope you will write to me, and kindly advise me how I may best secure your love, and that of all my dear friends. I love you so well my dear Brother, that I am sure your advice will never be forgotten, and I know you will be happy if I am good. Papa has been very unwell but is quite recovered. Mama’s foot is lame yet; but we hope it is better. The rest of the family are well. Adieu my dear Brother. Give my duty to Uncle and Aunt, and continue to love your affectionate, / Sister.

Abigail A. Shaw.

DLC: Shaw Family Papers.

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