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John Adams to Abigail Adams, 2 November 1794

John Adams to Abigail Adams

Hartford Nov. 2. 1794

My Dearest Friend

We arrived here last night in good Season. The Roads were not very bad, and the Weather, tho Showery, was not inconvenient.

Mr Freeman the Son of our late Neighbours at Milton and a Mr Thorp of New York were our Companions in the Stage. Mr Freeman is a very agreable Man. I never travelled with any Man more assiduous to make me comfortable.1

At Church I met my Old Friends Governor Huntington and Lt Governor Wolcot.2 Mr Trumbull I have not yet Seen. He is confined with the Vapours.3

Mr Speaker Trumbull is Senator for Six Years from next March.4

The Weather is to day as fine as possible.

I hope the East Winds have brought in more Treasures from the Sea, and that my Farmers continue to Secure them.

In the Country Towns in Mr Ames’s District I found a Spirit in his favour very different from that in some People of Boston.5 I dont despair of him yet.

Take great Care of your Health and of that of Louisa. Four Months will soon be gone, when I hope to find you happy in good News from our Children abroad & at home, in good health and Spirits, and ardent for another Agricultural Campaign more glorious but less fatiguing than the last. Duty to Mother & Love to all

your without ceasing

J. A

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mrs A”; endorsed: “Novbr / 2d / 1794.”

1That is, Jonathan Freeman Jr., for whom see vol. 9:61. He was the son of Ruth Hatch Freeman (b. 1733) and Capt. Jonathan Freeman (1728–1796), a shipmaster and merchant, who had lived in Foy House on Milton Hill (Frederick Freeman, Freeman Genealogy, Boston, 1875, p. 111–112).

2Gov. Samuel Huntington (1731–1796) of Connecticut had served with JA in the Continental Congress and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was governor from 1786 until his death (DAB description begins Allen Johnson, Dumas Malone, and others, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–1936; repr. New York, 1955–1980; 10 vols. plus index and supplements. description ends ).

3That is, John Trumbull, JA’s friend and former law clerk.

4Jonathan Trumbull Jr. (1740–1809), Harvard 1759, had been a U.S. representative from Connecticut from 1789 to 1795. He served in the Senate only until 1796, when he resigned to become lieutenant governor of the state (Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774–1989, Washington, D.C., 1989. description ends ).

5Fisher Ames represented the First Middle District—including Boston and surrounding towns—in Congress. He won reelection with a majority of votes in Boston as well as in several other communities in the area (same; Boston Federal Orrery, 6 Nov. 1794).

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