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From Abigail Smith Adams to Elizabeth Coombs Adams, 21 October 1810

Quincy october 21 1810

My Grandaughter The present Mrs. Treadway availed herself of your kind invitation to make you a visit, and her Friend miss Tracy, Sensible of the advantage Young people derive from mixing with those whose example and Manners ornament and improve, whilst they delight and <Churm> Charm those Susceptable of improvement. I consented to Susan earnest desire of passing a little time from home. her Aunt Adams was kind enough to give her a Letter to you, and I pray you to accept my thanks for the Friendly and hospitable reception you have given her. She is young, ardent and full of vivacity, tho I hope not indiscreet. She will receive gratefully any advise, or admonition you may give her, and I pray you to use the Same freedom with her: which under Similar circumstances you would wish might be extended to a Daughter of your own.

I have taken the Liberty of incloseing my Letters for her under cover to you. I pray you to make my Respects to mr Coombs, and Regards to the rest of your Family

From your Humble Servant

Abigail Adams

DLC: Papers of Jonathan Bayard Smith.

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