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From William Smith Shaw to Abigail Smith Adams, 9 January 1799

Philadelphia Jan 9th. 98 [1799] Wednesday Eve.

My dear aunt

So far I have written this half hour, but I have a bad head ache, & the spirit doth not moveth me to write. Although I have nothing to entertain or amuse you still as I have begun I am resolved to finish the letter. In thus doing I do but follow the example of many celebrated poets and philosophers who have written, not letters only, but volumes, on nothing.

I have read in the Centinel with pleasure some extracts from a thanksgiveing sermon <were> which is said to have been delivered in the neighborhood of Boston. Both the president & myself wish to know the author, they are excellent. I suspect it is Mr. Mackean of Milton.

I have not sent you Porcupines papers this some time—The reason is, it has not been worth sending. I hope you still continue to receive the papers regularly; though there has not been any thing in them scarcely worth your reading.

Thomas Jefferson, (this is what he calls himself) dines here to day with a number of others.

The president is very well & in very good spirits, though perplexed & harrassed to death.

I am my dear Aunt your / verry affectionate nephew

W. S. S.

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