Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 14 February 1801

Baltimore Feb’ry 14 1801

dear Thomas

I wrote to you last Evening requesting You to meet me at the Susquahanah; but I did not reflect that it was two days Journey. this Evening Leiut partner has arrived and has tenderd me his Services; mr Evans furnishes me with a carriage to philadelphia provided we can cross the River if I cannot get over, I must depend upon the chapter of chances—if I can get over I expect to be in on tuesday. Supposing you have engaged me Rooms at mrs Staales I shall drive there.

No president Elect yet—and yet there are two presidents Elect—they balloted twice yesterday, but no Man was changed. they <met> meet at Eleven to day, and play the Same game again I Suppose. The Castles can not be Stormed nor the Kings taken, tho they have met with check-mates oh What a lesson upon Elective chief Majestrates! it is said one Member was so apprehensive that the feds would go in the night, carrying members enough from ten States to vote in a president, that he got ten armed Men & watchd all night in the Capitol—this is no joke. I could name the Member; but he must have had a head of Clay, or he could not have been so Stupid. no body can Suppose, as Harper said, that I mean one of that honorable Body—yet they were men in that house! I began this Letter to inform you that you need not Sit out to meet me; as Leiut partner will bear me company—I will pay your postage when I arrive

Yours &c


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