Abigail Adams to William Tudor
Braintree October 15 1774
I received your very obliging Letter1 and thank you for the early intelligence of your designed Tour.2 I could wish to be a fellow Traveller with you; tho I cannot personally partake, of your joyful reception, I feel no small pleasure in the anticipation of yours.
I commit to your care a Letter which I would not trust to any hand less safe than yours. You will carry it Sir with my tenderest regards and best wishes for our Common Friend.
The esteem and regard you profess, both for Mr. Adams and myself, not only deserves, but most assuredly meets with a Reciprocal Return.
I wish you a prosperous journey and a safe return that you may distinguish yourself in these perilous Times by arouseing your Ambition and animating your attention, even to the “Bareing your Bold Breast, and pouring your generous Blood” in defence of the just claims of your much injured Country. In the foremost rank of her Heroes may you obtain that glory which your merrit deserves, and live to see those Halcion Days when Ancient fraud shall cease, and returning justice lift aloft her scale. Then may you be a sharer in that Domestick felicity which gives Society its highest taste—
“Well-orderd Home—with her (who e’re she be)
Who by Submissive Wisdom, Modest Skill,
With every gentle, care-eluding art
Will raise the Virtues, animate the bliss
And sweeten all the toils of Humane life.”
That I may live to see you thus happy is the ardent wish of your assured Friend,
Be kind eno’ to inquire at Dr. Warrens if a Letter3 which I sent there last week has met with a conveyance.
RC (MHi: Tudor Papers); endorsed: “October 15th. 1774 Mrs. Adams.” Enclosure: AA to JA, 16 Oct., below.
1. Not found.
2. Tudor set out for Philadelphia in a day or two and arrived by the 27th, under which date in JA’s Diary is an account of their sightseeing tour together. Congress had adjourned on 26 Oct.; JA himself left Philadelphia on 28 Oct. and arrived in Braintree probably on 10 Nov. (JA, Diary and Autobiography description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 2:157–160).
3. Not found.