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Abigail Adams to William Smith, 21 April 1797

Abigail Adams to William Smith

Quincy April 21 1797

Dear sir

The Death of my Mother which took place this afternoon very suddenly, will prevent my Sitting out on my journey as I had intended on twesday. we propose to burry her on Monday.1 I do not think I can get away untill thursday. I shall therefore omit sending Beckey untill fryday. I would wish two places engaged in the Stage as I have an other Girl to go with her, and should like to have them under the care of some person who would take charge of them.2 I should be glad of the portmantua if you should not want it. You will be here on Wedensday Evening if you please; unless I should be again detaind by the Death of Mary Smith which is more than probable as she has not been able to be raised from her Bed for three days—

Inclosed is the pattern which I should have sent to cousin Betsy.3 I am Dear sir your affectionate

Abigail Adams

RC (MHi:Smith-Carter Family Papers); addressed by Louisa Catharine Smith: “Mr William Smith / Boston.”

2AA likely intended that Nabby Hunt would accompany Rebeckah Tirrell. For Hunt, see AA to Mary Smith Cranch, 6 June, and note 4, below.

3Enclosure not found.

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