Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to John Adams, 11 March 1788

Abigail Adams to John Adams

Grosvenour Square March 11th 1788

My dearest Friend

The Mail is this day arrived, but not a Line have I got from you, nor have I heard a word from you since you left me. I hope you are well. I am anxious to learn when you expect to get back. I find by Letters received yesterday from France1 that mr Jefferson is gone to meet, you, which will render your visit in Holland much pleasenter to you. Callihan does not appear in any great Hurry, and I am full in the Mind that he had rather make it the middle of April before he sails than go sooner. he will not however have to wait for our things, as I hope they will all be on Board this week. I shall stay in the House as long as I possibly can, but if you do not get back before the 20th imagine I shall be in some Hotell.

We have had more Winter since you left London than the whole season before, and Terible Soar throats have been the concequence of the harsh March winds I have had my share of it I hope, which proved very obstinate for several days, & yesterday was the first of my getting out. Mr & Mrs Smith will leave London the 20th

I wrote you by last frydays Mail under cover to messiurs Willinks. my most Respectfull compliments to mr Jefferson. I rejoice in the Idea of your having met again before you leave Europe. the papers give us a magnificent account of preperations in Holland for celebrating the Birth day of the Stadtholder2

Nothing from America Since you left me; I find it very lonesome here & Should be more so if I was not so buisily employd in preperations for our departure—

adieu most affectionately / yours

A Adams

after closing my Letter, yours of March the fourth is just brought me. I rejoice to hear you are well. compliments to mr d. & family if you had named the Hotell you were at, I Should not be obliged to Send my Letters to Amsterdam

A Adams3

RC (Adams Papers); addressed by AA2: “To / His Excellency John Adam’s / &Cc&c &c / att the Hague / Bath Hotel / Piccadilly”; endorsed: “My dearest Friend / March 11 1788.”

1Thomas Jefferson to JA, 2 March (Jefferson, Papers description begins The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, Princeton, 1950–. description ends , 12:637–638).

2The Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser, 11 March, reprinted a letter from The Hague, dated 6 March, that stated, “The preparations making here for celebrating the anniversary of the birth of the Stadtholder surpasses every thing seen in this Republick on a like occasion; not only the greatest part of the houses, but all the principal streets, will be illuminated in a new taste, and the latter with pyramids and other ornaments.” The city also planned to build 100 arches, all “magnificently illuminated,” and a 100-foot obelisk facing the stadholder’s palace. The celebration itself, with “eleven pieces of superb fireworks,” would take place on 8 March.

3AA wrote the postscript on a separate sheet of paper.

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