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From Cotton Tufts to Abigail Smith Adams, 14 March 1800

Quincy March 14. 1800

Dr. Madm.

Yours of the 21st. Ulto. and the 6th. Inst. came to hand Yesterday with $200 enclos’d, this Day have given orders to Mr Bates to proceed, with all Dispatch—he says You left undecided the Dimensions of the lower Room of the proposed Addition—27 by 20 was mentiond, but whether of that or less Dimensions he is uncertain—The Height also of the Room is wanted—How much is to be dropd from the Level of the Entry—whether 20 Inches—or more or less—as I am not possess’d of a Knowledge of the internal Structure of the Building—you will give Directions unless Mr Bates is already sufficiently acquainted with Your Intentions

Mrs. Shipley has wrote, that he shall be at the Farm the latter End of this Month and shall bring a Man with him to labour on the Farm if wanted—[. . .] Mr. Shipley (Mr. Porter inform’d me) asked $146 Dolls. Per. Anm that You offerd him $120—and no certain Agreement was made, You will write upon this—Mr. Porter will give me an Answer next Week, whether he will continue—Mrs. Crane (who <off> married a Baxter), was with me last week offering to supply Mr. Porter’s Place—If Porter will tarry I think it will save much Trouble & considerable Expence.

I am sorry that Your Return is like to be deferred to so late a Period, as I think it will be impossible to have the building finishd to Your Mind so well as if you were present—I must beg You to return an immediate Answer—and am obliged to omit many Things, which might be necessary to mention—<at> which as the Post is expected every Moment must be deferd—Accept my best Wishes for Your Health & Happiness


C Tufts

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