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From Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Smith Adams, 1 June 1798

Quincy June 1d. 1798

My dear Sister

Yours of May the 20th & 21d I receiv’d last Teusday, do not be impatient my Sister if I do not write twice a week always. I believe I often do—Others have a demand upon me also & grumble if I do not write frequently—you cannot think how much I do scribbile but there is not one of my correspondents that I owe so much to as to you nor one I write to so often—you are every way so thoughtful of your Sister & so attentive to her children that gratitude if I had no other motive would call forth my Pen.

I return you with many thanks the interesting letters you have intrusted me with your Son my dear Sister has put his hand to the plow & must not look back his country needs his abilities & his integrety & tis to be regreted that Thomas cannot be diplomatically useful because the President is his Father—

My Sons Letter has given us great pleasure he has not yet written to us but his Wife has they are both charm’d with Mr Johnsons Family & I hope Willm. will never as he says know Mr J but as a Friend. Mrs. Cranchs ill health last summer & the distresses of her Family made it proper for her to retire from publick places of amusement & to narrow the circle of her acquaintance & refuse all invitations to join parties of pleasure. this to those who did not know the cause of her absence nor that she had refus’d invitations must look like neglect the motives of her conduct if known must raise her in the estimation of every Person of understanding but these Summer Friends if such they really were will return as soon as the Sun breaks from the clouds—

I am glad Congress are bringing forth such spirited Bills to be pass’d into laws—but what a Shame there should be such opposition, so much time taken in debating upon what should not require a pause they talk too much by half I am out of all patience when I read there altercations. theye are not at present the Representitves of the Peoples oppinion the spirit’d addresses from North to South from east to West speak the sense of the Nation.

As to our Envoys if they were kick’d out of France I should not be sorry as it respected us. have they not been recall’d or had they power to leave that insolent court when they thought proper—I suppose they have not an Idea to what a peek of enthusiasm this country is rous’d by their ill treatment. I trust every thing will work right—& oh my Sister if the President could inspire our youth with a sense of the importance of Religion & good Morals as easily as with military ardor we should soon be a very happy country

We have had a very wet week but a more growing Season I never saw. your Garden looks well your Pease Blossom & you have Sallad enough for the whole Town your Building goes on well—but I am a little affraid it will make a better appearence than the Manson house its self

I gave the Docr. the Hundred dollor Bill you inclos’d in your last Letter. yesterday—I was at Weymouth the Doctor is much better the rest of the Family & my Friends are well

Madam Welsh return’d last evening from Boston she looks very sad, has had a melancholy week she left her Daughter very weak & degected—I am affraid Mrs Welsh will have a fit of Sickness. her mind must be strength’d if possible—habit will make things easier to her—She will learn to accomodate herself to her circumstances—but tis hard to step back with her Family educated as they have been I am greiv’d for them. but they will not have the pity of every one. I was [. . .] to hear the unfeeling manner Mrs. Tufts spoke of [. . .] yesterday—I know his Family & connections though [. . .] Mrs Welsh slighted & neglected them—that she is a [. . .] haughty & proud.—What reason she gave them I do know but People should always remember they are liable to a reverse of Fortune, & secure by a proper behaviour in affluence—Friends in the day of adversity Such is my Sisters & I glory in it—

My Irons are hot & I must to work with all diligence before the heat of the day. I wish I could say I was well but I cannot not. I am stiff from head to foot—My head & eyes suffer most I think—

Has Mr Johnson now in college a Son? if he has I must notice him. I will make him a visit or at least go to Wm Shaws chamber & send for him & invite him hear—I feel so grateful to Mr & Mrs Johnson that I should be happy to express it by an attention to any branch of their Family If you know he is there do write me—

Adeiu my dear Sister / most affectionately

M. Cranch

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