Adams Papers

From Francis Dana to Abigail Smith Adams, 31 May 1789

Cambridge May 31. 1789—

Dear Madam

I have spoken to one of the Providence Stage-coach Drivers; and upon the supposition that there will be, at least, two passengers besides yourself viz: your Son and a Maid Servant, if not a Man Servant also, and that the Coach must be at Braintree over night to take you early in the morning, if you shou’d choose to set off then, or, if it shou’d be more convenient to you, that you might order your departure at any hour of the day, so as to take a part of two days on the Road, I have agreed with him in case you do not take more than four seats, to pay him for five seats: the fixed price is 15/ a seat making £3:15:0 in the whole. No other passengers than your own attendants is to be admitted, and you are not to pay for any weight of baggage (beyond the customary allowance to each passenger) which you may have occasion to take with you. He wishes only you wou’d fix upon a Monday or Thursday of any week for your departure if you cou’d—The agreement is not absolute but waits your approbation or disallowance, for I have forgotten how much you told me you must give Mr: Ballard if you took his Coach. I informed the Driver I expected to be able to give him an answer from you by next Wednesday, so that he might keep a Coach for your use if you shou’d be prepared to go next Thursday. It might be well, if you incline to accept his Terms, to give him as long notice as may be. Any communication you shall please to make to me on this subject, will be instantly attended to and most cheerfully executed by / dear Madam / your very sincere friend / and most obedient humble Servant

FR Dana

P.S. please to inform, if you can, how many persons you shall take with you Mrs: Dana begs your acceptance of her best regards.

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