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From Abigail Smith Adams to Mary Smith Cranch, 29 May 1798

29th May. 1798

my dear sister

I just write you a line to day, to tell you we are well and to inclose Letters from my Family. We have not any thing new Since I wrote you last, except a fine rain, which is truly a blessing for the Grass and Grain were in a suffering condition and the dust so intollerable as to render riding very dissagreable. I am to drink tea on Board the Frigate United States this afternoon if the weather permits. On Saturday the Captain hopes to go out. I was glad to See by the papers of yesterday that Captain Beals was arrived. I should have been sorry if he had lost his place on Board the Frigate.

I inclose to you a paper containing a number of addresses and answers. I think Russel might enlarge his paper and take some of them in, that the knowledge of the prevailing Spirit & Sentiments might be diffused especially as not a Jacobin paper publishes one of them, but an Insolent impudent thing of 14 or 15 Grenadeers with a St. Domingo captain at their head has found its way into all these papers. but Russels paper is pretty much like what Peter says the N york papers have been of late, “not worth a curse.” The Mercury might like to publish some of them.

How does the Farm look says the President? Oh that I could See it, and ramble over it. Does not Sister Cranch say a word about it & have you heard lately from Atkinson? Poor little Caroline has got the Agues fever.

Yours affecly

A Adams


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