Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to William Cranch, 23 August 1788

Abigail Adams to William Cranch

Braintree August 23 1788

Will you be so kind as to wait upon the Govenour early on monday morning with the inclosed cards and take an answer from him; which Brisler will call for on Monday at mr Fosters. if he has any objection to thursday, let it be fryday only I would wish for a decisive answer. if he agrees to the day proposed, then I would request the favour of you to go with the card to mr Brecks,1 but if the Govenours engagements are such as to prevent him & his Ladys comeing out on either day, omit carrying the card to mr Brecks— if any thing should prevent Brisler from comeing to town on monday he will be in on tuesday morḡ. I hope your goodness will excuse my troubling you with this buisness, and believe me your truly & / affectionate / Aunt

A Adams

Sunday morg mrs Sewall is at the Govenours2

RC (private owner, 1957); addressed: “To / Mr William Cranch / Boston”; and by William Cranch: “His Excellency / John Hancok Esqr/ Boston”; endorsed: “Mrs Adams Braintree / August 23d 1788”; docketed: “Mrs A Adams. / Augt 23. 1788.”

1For Samuel Breck Sr., see vol. 6:325; JQA, Diary description begins Diary of John Quincy Adams, ed. David Grayson Allen, Robert J. Taylor, and others, Cambridge, 1981–. description ends , 1:312–313.

2Possibly Esther Quincy Sewall, John Hancock’s sister-in-law and the wife of Jonathan Sewall (vol. 1:30, 136; Sibley’s Harvard Graduates description begins John Langdon Sibley, Clifford K. Shipton, Conrad Edick Wright, Edward W. Hanson, and others, Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Cambridge and Boston, 1873–. description ends , 12:310).

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