Adams Papers

John Adams to Abigail Adams, 27 August 1778

John Adams to Abigail Adams

Passi August 27. 1778

I shall inc[l]ose by this Opportunity, by Mr. Ingersol, Son of Mr. Ingersol of Connecticut, the late Judge of Admiralty at Philadelphia, but very different from his Father in his political sentiments, the Journals of Paris.1 But must refer you to the Public Papers for News.

Indeed there is a Famine for News at present, here and in England. Not a Word from M. Destaing, nor from America since beginning of July.—We are all Impatience.

We are all well here. The Climate, the Air, and the manner of living agree very well with our Health. But when will the happy Time arrive, that I shall return to the scaene of my Happiness.

I have several Times sent some Things to you and shall continue to do so. But draw upon me for what Money you want.

Remember me, to Father, Mother, Brothers, Sisters, Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, and to those which I ought to have mentioned, first of all Children.

I am yours, ever yours,

John Adams

RC (Adams Papers). Enclosed “Journals of Paris” not found.

1Jared Ingersoll Jr. (1749–1822), Yale 1766, was attending the Middle Temple in London when war broke out; returning to Philadelphia in 1778, he served as a Pennsylvania delegate to the Continental Congress, 1780–1781, and later had a distinguished career as lawyer, judge, and politician (DAB description begins Allen Johnson and Dumas Malone, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–1936; 20 vols. plus index and supplements. description ends ; Biog. Dir. Cong. description begins Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949, Washington, 1950. description ends ; Dexter, Yale Graduates description begins Franklin Bowditch Dexter, Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College, with Annals of the College History, New York, 1885–1912; 6 vols. description ends , 3:184–187).

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