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From Cotton Tufts to Abigail Smith Adams, 30 December 1799

Weymouth Decr. 30. 1799

Dear Madm.

The sudden & unexpected Death of the illustrious Washington has excited universal Mourning, Weeping & Lamentation. On this solemn Occasion Mr Norton Yesterday in the afternoon gave us a very pertinent Discourse from 2d. Samuel 3d C. 38. V. “And the King said unto his Servants, Know ye not, that there is a Prince and a great Man fallen in Israel”? This Loss is considered as irreparable. To find a Successor of equal Fame, Merit & Importance, cannot be expected. Who this will be I know not, <but> I cannot but feel much for the President who must have lost an able support and in whom he could place the utmost Confidence, and <as> also as by this Event he is calld to the disagreable Task of appointing a Successor—However wise & prudent the Appointment may be, some of the reigning Parties will probably snarl and one or other of the Expectants vent their Spleen & Malice if disappointed—May Heaven direct the President.

I believe I mentiond to you that all the Lumber for the Building is on the [Spot], the Bricks also—Bates is now making the Windows Doors &c—I do not wish you to send me any more Money for the Building at present, having discharg’d all existing Demands except the two Bates & Beals Bills, which I have repeatedly calld for, but have not as yet recievd, and shall on the Receipt of the next Quarters, Interest on the President’s fund & Stock have sufficiency on hand—

on your particular Accts. I have purchased $1100 8 pr. Cent Stock with about 4 mo. Interest on it which reduces the Capital to about 5 pr. Cent above par having paid $1177 for the same being the lowest Rate at which I have been able to procure them since I recd. the Money, this after I have received the next Quarters Interest will leave about $100 due to me—

I <fe> have some Fear of a Disappointment respecting the Wood, You wishd to have engag’d, a Person whom I employed to engage it @ 27/per Cd. not having fully understood the Matter engag’d but 10 Cord, before I discoverd this, Wood took a sudden Start to 30/ & 33/—am doubtful whether it will be procurd at less than 30/.

Two of the Cows at Porters have calv’d. Mr. & Mrs. Cranch applied to me for an Exchange of their Cow, for one of those, during the Winter, and would pay for the Use of the Milk. Thinking it would be agreable to You to indulge them in the Request, I have consent to it—

It is Time for the President to determine, How the Farms improved by French & Burrell are to be disposed off. If any Alteration is contemplated, the Tenants ought to know it in Season—

I rejoice to hear of the Continuance of Your Health, pray do not let too much Care or any Perplexity whatever injure the Ballance & weaken Your Frame. Mrs. Tufts joins me in Love to You & Cousins—And / Am affectionately / Yrs.

C. T—

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