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At last it is decided—it is as I conjectured in my last Letter to you, the Situation of Mrs Adams prevents their return to America this Season, and obliges mr Adams to decline his Appointment as Judge. I have received from him Several Letters of an old date Since I last wrote to you, but it was not untill yesterday that I received a Letter from my Grandson William Smith, of June 25th in which...
yours of July 21, I received by the last Mail I was just going to ask the cause of your long Silence, when your Letter arrived and fully explaind it to me. I regrret that it arose from so many painfull causes, but our Lot is a Checkerd one. I have had a Share of late my dear Sister, whose Life I despared when I wrote last to you, Still Survives, for some little time We flatterd ourselves that...
I received your favour dated at Baltimore of April 28th, with the Letter inclosed for Mrs Adams, which I had an opportunity of immediatly forwarding by a vessel which saild last week for St Petersburgh I find by Letters from my Son, that those Letters which have gone by way of France have had the most speedy conveyance, and I regret that I have not oftener made use of it, altho they may be...
The Letters you forwarded to me, for Saint Petersburgh, I had an opportunity of Sending immediatly through the Russian Consul. mr Gray has a vessel which will Sail Soon, for the North, by which I can Send Letters, if you please to forward any. would their be any impropriety in inquiring, either of the Secretary of State, or Navy; if any vessel is orderd to petersburgh to bring home mr Adams?...
The great quantity of snow upon the Ground has obstructed the travelling So much, that the post did not get in last week, and your Letter which Should have come by that Mail, did not arrive untill yesterday. The Nomination and appointment of mr Adams, had been announced in the public papers, and in Some private Letters, before I received yours— Supposing that his absence would be an...
If the Sympathizing Tear’s of Friendship could assuage the agonizeing Bosom of my Friend; freely could I pour them there. I cannot Say how much I was shockd the last Evening at receiving a Letter from Louissa from Boston, informing me of the Sudden Death of your dear daughter Hellen O! my Friend this is indeed a trial. what can I Say, or how administer comfort? The circumstances attendent upon...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your favour of december 15th. and the pleasure of congratulating you, upon the safe arrival and safety of your son; Who I hope enjoys good health, pray tender him my regards, and assure him of my sincere wishes for his prosperity! and success in buisness. You have a double joy also in the return of Mrs Pope to your city. I hope she has not sufferd any...
The Horace arrived last week after a passage of 85 days—I hope she brought Letters for you. as I learn the captain was charged with dispatches for the President. I inquired if there was any thing for you; but could not find that there was, as vessels Saild at the same time for Baltimore. perhaps mrs Adams made use of that conveyance I have a Letter from her of 2d June, and one from him of the...
I was much rejoiced to receive your kind Letter of Sep’br 26th I began to be very anxious that I had not heard from you for a long time, I so often had experienced your punctuality. that I was apprehensive, that either You or Some of your Family were Sick. altho my anticipation was realizd, I rejoice that the cause was so far removed, as to enable you to write with so great a Share of Spirit...
No further intelligence from our Children has yet reached us my Dear Madam, than a Letter from mr Gray to his Mother dated in March, in which he mentions that mr Adams has an inflamation in his Eyes,and had hurt one of his Legs. I have always had a fear for Eyes, one of which was threatned with a complaint which might call for Surgecal operation, the constant glare from ice and snow in so cold...
you will Smile my dear Madam when I tell you, that I began a Letter to you, wrote two pages, and was then call’d down to company, left it upon my table by the side of a window, and when I returnd to finish it, it had taken to itself wings and flown away, not a trace of it could I find pray have the faries borne it to you in its unfinished state as a punishment to me for having so long delayed...
upon my return from a visit to my Sister in Newhampshire, where I had been in pursuit of health; I found your obliging and interesting Letter of May 14th. I thank you for the communications, and embrace the opportunity offered, of writing to my Son, tho from my absence, I fear it may prove too late for the conveyance. if it should, you may return it, I begin to feel quite impatient for Letters...
I am indebted to you my dear Madam for three Letters. I have made two attempts before to acknowledge two of them; but was unable to accomplish my intention. The Spirit was willing, but alass the flesh so weak and feeble that my hand would not guide my pen. I have had a Severe Sickness, which has left me very low, and a slow fever continues to consume my strength and Spirits. When your Son in...
I have been frozen up almost ever since I received your last kind Letter. such severe weather we have not experienced for many years. writing has been quite out of the question with me. To keep myself from quite congealing to a statue, I have kept close to the fire side, reading porters travelling sketches in Russia, and Sweeden. I could never have read them; feeling so much interested as at...
Since I had the pleasure of writing to you, I have received further accounts from our Children, which I hasten to communicate to you, knowing from my own feelings, what a cordial for low spirits agreable news from a far Country is. The Letter from my Son is written at sea, and is a continuation of that which we before received from the Banks of Newfoundland. he writes, that after leaving the...
upon my return from Boston where I passt a few days I found your very agreable Letter of october 28th for which accept my thanks. it afforded me much entertainment. the contrast between the Simplicity of Republicanism and the plain the, and then Manners, contrasted with the Stile of magnificence you describe affords ample scope for reflection, not that I consider it improper or unfit that the...
I requested judge Cranch, when he returnd to washington, to apologize to you; for my not replying sooner, to your obligeing favour of Septr 17th. and to give you the reason for it; which was a very bad finger upon my Right hand, which prevented my holding a pen. altho the cause is not wholy removed, I cannot deny myself the pleasure of incloseing to you a Letter from our daughter: written at...
My Sympathizing Heart has borne a part in your sorrows, altho my Hand has been by sickness prevented from assureing of you by my pen; how Sincerely I mourn with you and your Family the recent dispensation of Heaven, which has taken from you the Husband of your Youth; the Friend and protector of your Maturer Years, and the Comforter of your declining Days. The domestic virtues were all his own....
A Severe attack of a kind similar to that which two years ago, reduced me to the verge of the grave, has prevented me from expressing to you the joy and thankfullness I feel at the Safe return of our dear Children to their Families and Friends. I hope e’er this reaches you that you have folded to your Bosom. Your long absent Daughter, and the dear Boy for whom She had So Severely Sufferd. I...
Last Evening we received Letters from Berlin of April the 14th with the agreable intelligen c e of mrs Adams’s Safe delivery upon the 12th of a son—tho she had been very ill & remaind So for three days. mr Adams writes that she was then much better and he hoped out of danger—I congratulate you my dear Madam upon this Event I wrote to you last week. with an affectionate remembrance to all...
It is now near three Months since I left the city of Washington; in all which time I have not received a line from you; I do not mention this with the spirit of accusation, for I have been equally culpable; that I have written to you however, the letter which lies unsent, before me will testify. It is now of too old a date to make a journey of 500 miles; and I reassume my pen to inquire after...
I thank you for your valuable and much esteemed favour of Sep’br. 28th the President will leave me tomorrow and I shall follow him in a week if possible; but the determination was made only on fryday the 8th; at a time too when I had been a week confined to my Room by an attack of the old intermitting fever—from which I hope I am now recovering. But it requires some resolution to undertake a...
I have been determined for several weeks to write to you, but one avocation after an other, has calld of my attention and prevented me. I was seizd with a voilent fever soon after my return, and confined to my bed during the absence of the President. he found me upon his return confined to my Chamber, and unable to leave it for some time. Since my recovery I have enjoy’d better Health, and...
You judged right my dear Madam, I do most sincerely rejoice in your prosperity and returning happiness, which to my frequent sorrow, I saw often overshadowd by an anxious and Distressed mind during your late visit; it was a silent unobtruding grieff grief which renderd it the more affecting; nor were the gratefull feelings of your Heart less intresting, upon an occasion which gave more...
I expected the post of this morning would have brought me a few lines from you; I was very unhappy upon your new account the day you left me, it appeard so inhospitable to consent to your going, upon a day which proved so inclemnent, that I could not reconcile my feelings to it; I hope you have not been made sick by it. and that you found your Family all well upon your return. Mrs. Hellens...
I have been contemplating writing to you from day to day for Several weeks past: but having delayed too long already, I will now atone for former neglegence by immediatly inquireing after your Health and that of your Family? Since I left your City and reachd my own habitation we have had a more inclement Season than I experienced through the whole of the winter; if you have not had a portion...
The weather is now so fine that I judge the Roads will be good by the beginning of the week; it will give me great pleasure to see you here and either of the young Ladies with you; which can best accompany you; I do not mean to exclude your son. if mr Johnson himself cannot come your son will of course attend you. I shall endeavour to make Philadelphia as pleasent to you as is in my power, by...
I received your Letter with those inclosed from Berlin. I thank you for the entertainment which they have afforded me. those for Berlin arrived at a very fortunate time. I gave them with some, which I had written, to the Prussian Consul who is returning immediatly to Berlin and who promissed to deliver them himself. I have delayed sooner replying to your Letter, that I might have it in my...
I have the Satisfaction of inclosing to you a Letter from our dear Daughter at Berlin, received yesterday by my Son Thomas, and the additional pleasure of assureing you of her confirmed State of Health. I have not any Letter myself, but mr T B Adams has one from his Brother of october 17th, which contains this agreable information, as well, as that of his own recovery. our pleasure upon this...
I embrace this opportunity by mr Shaw my Nephew, a Friend and college acquaintance of your Son’s, to enquire after your Health; and that of your Family. I wish my dear Madam that I could rejoice your Heart with any late agreable intelligence from our Children abroad, but that is not in my power. the increased Ravages of War—renders it more difficult to keep up any regular communication with...