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Every Question you ask about the new Constitution shows that you understand the subject as well as I can pretend to do, and that you are Well aware of the reasonable Difficulties and Objections. But is there not danger that a new Convantion at this time, would increase the Difficulties and reasonable Exceptions rather than remove any of that? (A Declaration of Rights I wish to see With all my...
I desired my brother Charles when he went from Haverhill, to mention, that I was again in need of a supply of money, and since that time I have been obliged to stop my payments: I am apprehensive he forgot to deliver my message, and take this opportunity to request some money, as soon as may be convenient. The riotous ungovernable spirit, which appeared among the students at the university in...
I have written twice to you by way of New York, but do not find by yours that either of them had reachd you, nor have I learnt that Captain Folger was arrived who had all my Letters, except one to mrs Cranch by Captain Cushing. in those Letters you will find what I wisht to have done to the House, as well as other matters respecting our Farm I believe this will be the last Letter I shall write...
Every Thing has happened, as I could wish Since I left you, excepting the delay of making Provision for my Subsistance; and this has proceeded from an Uncertainty what they ought to do. I am very easy on that Point, as I am determined to live in Proportion to my allowance, I beg leave to mention one Thing, which may be of Some consequence, both to the Public and to me.—If Thomas would...
The last Evenings Post favoured me with your’s of the 6th. Many Gentlemen are in favour of a national Excise: and some would have the nation take upon itself all the State Debts, Mr Morris particularly: but I cannot say what will be done. My Burthens are not very heavy: but my health is not very good.—I have been obliged to decide many questions on the Import Bill, the Senate being equally...
Not being able to dispose of my oxen as I expected, & to have taken half the money for them, I do not find myself able to pay French without taking less than 50 Dollors with me, 46 of which it will take for my conveyence to Providence & passage on Board the packet. I must therefore request the favour of you sir to pay him for seven months wages at 50 dollers pr year. you will see by the papers...
Inclosed is a letter from a Mr. Robert Henry to me let me beg the favour of you to look among my Papers and in any Book and see if any such notes are to be found And to write me if you can learn any Thing of such Persons as John and Dably Ryan— With great regard—Yours MHi : Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.
I have received your favour of the 22.—Mrs Adams, Mr Charles and Miss Lousia, arrived on Wednesday the 24th after a tedious Passage of five days from Newport. We are all very happy. Mr Samuel Tufts needs no other merit but that of being your Brother, to convince me that he has a great deal: but if he is a Candidate for any Employment he must apply directly to the first Magistrate. The...
with regard to politicks the debates of the House will give you an Idea of them, as yet there has been but little Heat upon any Subject, but there is a questions comeing on with regard to the permanant Residence of congress which I fear will create parties, & much vexation. I should think that in the present state of their treasury, an expence so unnecessary ought to be avoided as even...
I have recd all your Letters, and the Post Office is very faithful. The Heat has been excessive and my daily Toil Somewhat exhausting besides a very extensive Correspondence, without a Clerk. Pray let Mr Cranch if he will be so good look over the account, as he did formerly. Have you read Ned Church’s fragment.? What Passion, or what Principle, could put it into that fellows head? I never...
Inclosed is a letter from Mr Robert Henry. Let me beg of you to see if the notes are to be found, and to send them to me. One of the Ryans is now in Vermont as Mr Henry tells me. Should be obliged to you if you would let me know, what minutes you find about the affair in my books. I have not heard a word from my farm or garden, since Mrs A. left it. did the grass grow or not. I communicated...
Your favour of 15 sep br I have not yet replied to. with regard to the House, I wish it was as moveable an article as a Carriage I would then get you to send it by Barnard to Newyork where I should meet with no difficulty in getting four hundred Dollors rent. now I should be glad to get as much for the 5 Houses we own in Braintree together with the Farms belonging to them. the expence of...
I congratulate you and the Lady to whom you are united upon your Nuptials, and most sincerely wish you a renewall of all your former happiness, with corresponding dispositions, and inclinations. the domestick circle is alone capable of yealding satisfactions, which an intercourse with the word and all its amusements never can afford. in Buisness or in pleasure the participation of a dear...
I have to acknowledge two kind Letters from you which I should sooner have replied to, but the post office would make me pay more than I thought my Letters would be worth. the Members of both Houses have been more punctual in meeting this year than they were the last, & the third day they made a House. you will see, & I doubt not be pleased with the Presidents Speach. great National objects...
I think our dear state makes full use of the liberty of the press, but they who write for the benefit of mankind whether learned or unlearned will always find more utility in reasoning than writing; I am led to these observations by several pieces, some in Edes paper, that fountain of Sedition, and a piece in Adams paper signed “a New England man.” This same writer and many others will find...
I received your Letter inclosing mr joys proposals and I have omitted answering it because I wished mr Adams to determine himself. he says that he had already offerd mr joy what he gave, which he considerd quite as much as the place was worth, that it will not yeald him half the interest of the Money unless he was to live at home & be able to improve it, that mr Joys present proposal of the...
Your kind favour of the 5 th Instant came safe to Hand. I know our interest at Braintree can be of very little Service to us, seperated as we are from it, and lying so much in Buildings. I do not know what benefit was last year derived from the great Garden but unless Bass could carry manure upon it, it would soon become good for very little. if any method could be devised by which the Rent...
I received your kind Letter of May last week I was very sorry to hear that you and your Family had not escaped the prevailing sickness. the disorder has universally prevaild here. not a single one of our Family, except mr Adams has escaped, and Polly, it was very near proving fatal too. We Have been in very great anxiety for the Pressident. during the state of Suspence, it was thought prudent...
I received a few days since your favour of the 10 th: inst t. and as there will be a difficulty in procuring a tenant for the house, I should wish if possible to take some other office at least for a time. The multiplicity of your affairs almost precludes the hope that you can attend to this matter: if however you should hear of any room conveniently situated which might be hired for a...
Commencment being finish’d some of your cares for my Family will be lesned. I esteem it amongst my blessings that my young Family have all past through Colledge with so much Reputation, and that in scenes strewd thick with dangers, they have escaped so well. I hope their future progress through Life may be equally pure. I feel myself indebted to many of my Friends for the kind care they have...
Mr Adams received your Letter dated August 31. he sat of that morning after for Philadlphia and desired me to let you know that he would transmit to you an order from the treasury for the Sum you received of Generall Lincoln upon his return. where is Thomas we have been daily expecting him for near a Month, and mr Adams delay d going his journey a week expecting him here. he wrote me that he...
I received your kind Letter of Jan ry 7th by my son. in replie to the Buisness part, I think upon reflection and to save trouble, I would wish you to Loan my Notes as Trustee to me. I as well as many other should have liked the system of Finnance much better if the Faith pledged had been literally fullfilld; by the payment of Six pr ct interest, then let the new Loan have been fill’d at 4 or...
I received your kind Letter of the 23 Feb ry and was happy to learn that our Friends were all well. my son Set of on his return to Boston last week, in company with mr Gerry & Ames. he was desirious of going then that he might have the pleasure of good company. this tho a very agreeable circumstance on a long journey, will I believe scarcly compensate for the badness of the Roads at this...
Tis more than two months since I left you yet I have neither written a word to you or heard from you. Since I left Home, I have been much occupied removeing, and living in the city subjects us to company at all times, so much so that I must either be denying myself through the whole day, or appoint one evening in the week as a publick Evening. this I have found to be the most agreeable to...
I have felt every day as if I was conscience smit for neglecting to write to you. I have been some encumberd with cares and ceremonies which tho not very pleasent, the custom of the World, and the state of society have made them necessary in publick Life. the sitting of congress has added to my cares, at a season of the Year when I should very gladly have dispenced with so much company as we...
Your kind Letter of June 8th gave great pleasure to the President, as well as to your Friend. We were happy to learn so good an arrangement of our Domestick concerns. I then hoped to have come to Quincy for a Month or two. some difficulties arise from the procecution of that plan, tho it is the place of all others which the President seems most desirious of visiting We could not be...
I was in hopes to have seen you, and had some more conversation with you upon the subject of finishing the Room in the out House. I experienced so many inconveniencies from a mixture of Families Whilst I was at Home, that I should not wish to try it again, for if mr & mrs Porter had not been of a very accommodating disposition we should have met with more trouble than I did. I told mr Porter...
I have received your favour of the 3 d and am much obliged to you for it and equally pleased with its Contents. I agree with you in opinion that it will be well to rebuild the Wall against Hardwick: to renew the Leases as soon as possible with French and Burrill, if they choose to do so, and to plough and cart manure as you propose. I am very glad the Meadow is ploughed. This is a great Point...
I received your Letter of Nov br 24 by the post of yesterday. with respect to the Notes you wrote me about I wish you to do by them as you would by your own, as I do not want at present neither Principle or interest. I think it would be most for my interest to do by them as you propose. the method you mention of adding to the out house so as to give me a dairy Room I like very much, and would...
I have not had the pleasure of receiving a Line from you for some time. I laughd at my Friend not long since when he sent a Letter to you the contents of which he appeard to be very private about. I told him I knew it was the Farm he had written about, and that he would not tell me because he knew I was averse to encumbering ourselves as we grew older with more cares. it is not my wish to add...
I sent you a pamphlet containing the instructions to our Envoys, and I now inclose the dispatches from them. no Event Since our unhappy controversey with France, has so throughly awakend the people to a sense of their danger as these dispatches; nor any imprest them with such strong conviction of the sincerity and candour, with which our Government has sought peace upon fair and honorable...
I received yesterday your kind Letter of May 12th and was rejoiced to learn that you had recoverd from your late indisposition So far as to be able to ride out. have you ever tried the use of Calomel for your complaint or Bleading? this climate is not So Subject to disorders of the lungs and Breast as ours but much more so to other inflamitory complaints which call for speedy aid. We have had...
I wish he did not Love Land so well, because I know we have enough to torment us—when we come to look to that for support, we shall find it difficult enough to procure it, and very much swallowd up by taxes & Labour. I am for having as little trouble as possible as we pass down the vale of years we shall want repose if we live. I have no objection to mr Clarks having the House an other year....
I received yesterday yours of May 28th. I inclose you the account of money sent you including what is now in this Letter; If I should not remit you any more untill I come; I will then Settle the remainder. I do not expect to leave here untill the first of July. I shall rejoice if it may be then. I have wanted the P t to get you to draw for 2000 dollars which I think might be spaird, and to get...
I received your too Letters of June 18 & 22 yesterday. The expences upon the out House I wish to have in a Seperate account, the painting the dewelling House & any repairs made else where in the General account. you will therefore credit me 500 dollors upon that account account of the out holdings and what remains I will either remit or Settle when ever I Shall come, which I hope will be in...
Congress have agreed to rise on Monday the 16. I doubt however whether they will be able to accomplish it so soon, I sincerely wish they could. You will learn that Capt. Decauter has brought in one, out of the Many privateers which afflict and distress our trade. The Captain of the privateers commission was from the Infamous Hedonvile & to capture all the Enemies of the French Republic, tho...
I left East Chester on the 5th of the month and reachd Brunswick on the 9th where the President met me; on fryday we all arrived in safety; having had a pleasent and agreable journey; I found the President had taken on his Journey a voilent cold, which was very afflicting to him and, hung much heavier than if he had earlier attended to it. it reduced his flesh; took away his appetite; I think...
I received yesterday your favour of Novbr 8th and thank you for the information containd in it, The weather has been uncommonly fine through the whole of this month; I wish you had used your own judgment respecting the putting up the frame this winter. I had not any expectation of its being so early ready, or of the winters being So mild, but it is now so far advanced that it may be best to...
I congratulate you on the new Year and the new Century. Aspice venturo lætentur Ut Omnia Sæclo. You may take Pennimans Island and Acre of March at 27£ or perhaps at 30£ though fifteen is more than it is worth. The Island is mere Show. it lies however within me, and some one will Speculate upon me if I buy it not. Candlewood Hill is an unknown Country to me. I never heard the Name. But I...
I am indebted to you for two Letters one Which acknowledges the Recipt of the three Bills and one yesterday received which bears date Decbr 30th. I thank you Sir for all your kind attention to my affairs—I inclose to you a Bill of the amount which you say will be due to you; as I do not like to be in Debt, I Should like to have all the Bills due to the Capenters all discharged before we...
I take this opportunity by dr morse to inclose to you two Hundred dollars towards the building; as soon in march as it can be framed and raised I wish to have it begun upon, and as many hands employd as can be usefully. I do not want to have any part of it, to do after the presidents return. Congress talk of rising in April, tho I do not myself expect that they will so soon I hope myself to be...
I wrote to you intending to end the Letter by mr Dexter, but found he was gone. I therefore committed it to the post under cover to mr Smith as the Letter had 200 dollers in it. be so good as to inform me by mrs Cranch when it reaches you I received yesterday yours of Feb’ry 25th. I think the sooner the Building is begun the better and as many hands employd as can be usefull in forwarding it....
Last Sunday the tenth, we had a deep snow here and as I knew we usually have our proportion at the Eastward I fear it has obstructed the commencment of our Building. but at present the weather here is very moderate, I hope, equally so with You. I wrote to you inclosing two Hundred dollors under cover to mr Smith of Boston. You will inform me whether it got safe to hand. The President says if...
Mrs Cranch wrote me that mr Clark would remove from our House, and that mr Whitney was desirious of having it. I have mentiond it to the president, and he directs me to Say to you that mr Whitney shall have the House, and he requests that you would Sit mr Beals to paint the outside stone coulour, to repair the Garden fence and he is willing that the Rooms should be new painted within & paperd,...
I received yours yesterday. it should have been two days earlier, but the Roads are at the worst, and we have now had two days heavey rain; which upon our soil will settle them, but from hence to N york renders them ten fold worse— in replie to your queries, Brisler says that he & mr Bates drew the plan before he came away, and that the cellar must be his guide, that the plan was, to have the...
I have this moment received Yours of the 26th of march with respect to mr Porter. I should be loth to part with him for the Sake of a few dollors, and as he has been upon the place So long & is accustomed to It, and I have great confidence in his & Mrs Porters Honesty and Integrity. I will consent to give him that Sum for Seven Months, but pray that to avoid envy he would keep the terms to...
I wrote to you not long since to inquire respecting Shares in the Cannals. I have not received any replie, but I am Authorized to requst you to lay out as much of the inclosed Bill of 5000 ds in Shares or Stock as you do not want to accomplish the building now in hand, repair the House in which mr Clark lives, and to pay mr Porter his years wages. I have also written to you respecting oats 200...
I received yesterday yours of April 11th. I wrote to you upon the 17th and inclosed you an order upon the Bank for 5000 dolrs. You will be so good as to give me the earliest information of your having received it, I rejoice to learn that the building is like to go on with dispatch and hope it will not take up so much time as to make it necessary to have Carpenters after the last of May. mrs....
I received yours of the 22d yesterday. I have already written you that the president and I are both well satisfied with what you have done respecting help. I forwarded to you the ways , and means in a Letter of April 17th the receit of which I wish to learn as soon as possible. I have never lost any thing by post, and hope that what I then inclosed went safe—a vessel is now here going to...
On Board the Schooner calld the Polly, Gilbert B Fish master, Mr Brisler has put Six cast Iron plates which are for the Backs and Sides of the Chimneys; the Marble for the Hearths and front & Sides, to which I would have the chimneys made to conform. A plan of them I Sent in my last. the Marble Hearths must be laid in a good bed of Mortar and with great care, that they do not get Scratchd, or...