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From Abigail Smith Adams to Mary Smith Cranch, 16 May 1800

philadelphia May 16 1800

my dear sister

I have been expecting to get a Letter from you for Several days: I am the more anxious to hear from you as you wrote me in your last, that mr Cranch had got one of his bad Colds. I intended to have left this city to day, but the president having determined to visit Washington I could not think of taking the Coachman who has experience of his horses and is a sober good man. tho the president urged me to, I know he will be exposed to troops & calvacades &c I had therefore a new Coachman to seek, and Such a one as I could rely upon was not to be obtaind in a day. I have now Succeedd and expect to leave here on monday noon, to make my usual Stage of 18 miles to Bristol on that day. I shall travel Slow, and probably be a fortnight upon my journey—I Shall write you, and let you know my progress. We had yesterday very excessive heat till four oclock when we had rain, and this morning a fine clear air which makes me regreet that I cannot get away—

you will see and hear of Some important changes in the Cabinet, which will make a great sensation in many places I expect. but a cabinet should be united & harmonize, or like a house divided against itself it cannot Stand—great and weighty Subjects of vast importance both with England and France are before our Country—and require the best of talents, and <the> a unity of Sentiment and action to conduct them with Safety

Mrs Johnson got home well I had a Letter from her yesterday. She writes me that mr Cranch and family were well—

I hope the vessel has arrived with the Hearths and that proper care will be taken to get them home Safe—I Shall be obliged to request your care to See that my House is in Some order; and to have some articles provided for me of which I will write you. you may get any help you may want to clean it &c I will be answerable to them. mrs Porter has so much on hand that I cannot ask her to do any thing about it—

adieu my dear sister

affectionatly yours

Abigail Adams

just as I had closed my Letter I received yours of May 18th I am grieved to hear that you have had so Sick a family. colds have been frequent here, but not So bad as with you. we have had great rains also. I will not trouble you with my affairs So do not take any concern about them, as the president does not come with me I can make such arrangements when I get home <as Soon> as will answer for me

yours affectionatly


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