Adams Papers

John Adams to Abigail Smith, 8 May 1764

John Adams to Abigail Smith

May 8th. 1764

Dr. Diana

This Morning received yours by Mr. Ayers.1 I can say nothing to the Contents at present, being obliged to employ all my Time in preparing for Braintree. I write only to thank you, and let you know I come home Tomorrow.—But when I shall see Diana, is uncertain. In the Warfare between Inclination and Prudence, I believe Prudence must prevail, especially as that Virtue will in this Case be seconded by the sincerest of all Affections, that of Lysander for Diana.


RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “For Miss Abigail Smith Weymouth.”

1This letter is missing—unless (as is probable) JA is referring to AA’s of 4–6 May, above, which was actually marked for delivery by a Mr. Allen and not by Ayers.

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