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From Thomas Boylston Adams to Abigail Smith Adams, 1 February 1801

Philadelphia 1st: February 1801

Dear Mother

I have your favor of the 25th: ulto: with the paper enclosed; the contents of which amused me much—If you leave the City on Tuesday, my answer will not reach you; but I suppose it will be sent after you. There is Mrs. White’s lodging house in 8th: Street, which is more private than the Hotel, and where I presume you can be accommodated at short notice. It will be preferable to Francis’s, at this Season, because of the public assemblies & other parties, that are held there. I had rather you should be at lodgings than in a private family.

Your Coachee will be ready for you, and I hope it will suit you; the only apprehension I have, respecting it, is, that it may be too short. It will accommodate four persons, with convenience, which is your complement, most commonly, in travelling.

I have been so much engaged, the week past, in writing to my Brother, and making up accounts, that I could not write so much to Washington, as usual. Your observations on the subject of the Presidents retirement from public to private life, coincide precisely with my opinion. I am somewhat surprized, at the stupidity of those, who would assign him any public office, after he quits the Executive seat. But there are silly people enough, in this world to invent & propagate the idlest schemes.

I am, dear Mother, / Your Son

T. B. Adams

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