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From Abigail Smith Adams to Harriet Welsh, 5 May 1817

5 May [1817]

dear Harriet

I inclose to you a paper with the distrest State of an old Batchelor, not Supposing that you will answer the advertizement, but because amongst my acquaintance I know no one who So nearly answers his description—He has left his own qualifications out of the question—a dolt does he think to get Such a wife without Sterling worth on his own part? dr Franklin says []a Batchelor is not a compleat Human being. He is like the odd half of a pr Scissors, which has not yet found its fellow, and therefore is not half So useful as they might be together.”

now I think a Single Lady—not to Say an old ——— is a very usefull Being, much more So, than a Single Man yet you know I have ever been a warm advocate for Matrimony—and with Allen Ramsey in the gentle Shepard—I []knew that men were made for us—and we for men”

Harriet my pen is So bad that I cannot write half I have in my [. . .], which is rather wagish having had a good nights rest. Your Letter Shall go this day—

I shall read the peices You mention—I cannot get Letters from Monticello under a fortnight. we expect a visit from Gen’ll Lalamand—hear he intends one

Let me know when mrs Baily comes—Louissa remains much as She was when you left us—

yours as ever


burn this and all other of my Scrawls—

5 May the plumb Trees are in full Blossom

a moto for the old B—who ever thinks a faultless peice to see, thinks what <[. . .]> near was nor is, nor near [shall be]

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