Adams Papers

From Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Smith Adams, 24 March 1800

Quincy March 24 1800

Dear Sister

I donnot like to let a week pass without writing a few Lines to let you know how we are & what we are about. as to your House if the winter holds on at the rate it has done since March came in it will not be very soon done. we had for two days past a violent storm of rain snow & hail, & tis now very cold.

Judge cushing is not yet arriv’d at least I have not heard of them & I think I should if they had pass’d. The roads are intolarable yet & not like to be better soon—

Doctor Tufts did not call here after he receiv’d Mr Porters answer whether he would stay or not. I hope he will. Your Garden must have something done to it soon. are you to have the same gardner you had last Summer? You will say, Stay till the Frost is out of the ground—true—but we may talk tho we can neither Plough or dig—The Doctor is earnest to have an answer to his questions about mr Clarks house & several other things he cannot go on without & tis time they were attended to—

I have been troubled with a salt-rhume humour all winter. I am almost confin’d with it. You may remember I show’d you a spot or two on my Leg before you went away. It has spread very much & broke out in other parts of my Body & afflected me sorely—I am now under a course of medicine for it. I could bear it no longer.

mr Whitney begs me to thank you very respectfully for the oration you sent him last. He is much lik’d among the People here. He visits as much as he can. he is quite a favorite among the Female part of his Parishoners. The gentleness of his manners is such as his preaching inculcates. He is at home at mr Blacks & very well receiv’d at Captain Beals. I have been visiting in several Families on purpose to introduce him. he has been in houses wher[e] mr wibird never sat his foot unless at a Funeral.

what can be done with Mr Wibird. he will be eat up alive. he will not stir nor even be cleans’d. he is as white as a Sheet. he has not shifted his shirt for six weeks & then he had not done it for three months. he certainly has not the use of his reason & ought to be treated like a Person Insane.

our Families are well & send their duty & Love. I have been to Boston but once this winter & then did not go to mr Smiths at least not since the first of the winter. Sister Smith is well & Phebe has had her health well. She and her Husband do very well I believe only he does not like she should admit mrs Martin Sally [Truxton] and such creatures into the house—& threatens to inform you when you return. I do not think him to blame for this. he is willing to work & do any thing for Pheby, but not for such a vile crew. Pheby thinks he has no compassion.

I shall expect a Letter tomorrow <but> & shall send this to day tho I had design[ed] to have kept it open till I should have receiv’d one. something more may then be necessary to be said by / your ever affectionate &— / oblig’d Sister

Mary Cranch

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