Abigail Adams to John Adams
Sunday Eveng. Weymouth Sepbr. 14  17671
My Dearest Friend
The Doctor talks of Setting out tomorrow for New Braintree.2 I did not know but that he might chance to see you, in his way there. I know from the tender affection you bear me, and our little one’s that you will rejoice to hear that we are well, our Son is much better than when you left home, and our Daughter rock’s him to Sleep, with the Song of “Come pappa come home to Brother Johnny.”3 Sunday seems a more Lonesome Day to me than any other when you are absent, For tho I may be compared to those climates which are deprived of the Sun half the Year, yet upon a Sunday you commonly afforded us your benign influence. I am now at Weymouth. My Father brought me here last night. To morrow I return home, where I hope soon to receive the Dearest of Friends and the tenderest of Husbands, with that unabated affection which has for Years past, and will whilst the vital Spark lasts, burn in the Bosom of your affectionate
PS Poor Mr. Gridly died a thursday very suddenly, we hear and was yesterday buried.4
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “To John Adams Esqr. att Worcester.”
1. This Sunday fell on 13, not 14, September. JA was attending a session of the Superior Court at Worcester.
2. A district, later a town, in the western part of Worcester co.
3. John Quincy Adams, 2d child and eldest son of JA and AA, was born at Braintree on 11 July 1767. See Adams Genealogy.
4. Jeremiah Gridley (1702–1767), Harvard 1725, long the leading lawyer in Boston and a kind of patron to JA during his first years in practice, died on 10 Sept. and was given elaborate Masonic funeral honors two days later (Sibley-Shipton, Harvard Graduates description begins John Langdon Sibley and Clifford K. Shipton, Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cambridge and Boston, 1873– description ends , 7:518–530, esp. p. 527–528).