Adams Papers

John Adams to Abigail Adams, 13 May 1789

John Adams to Abigail Adams

New York May. 13. 1789

My dearest Friend

I have taken an House, and now wish you to come on, as soon as possible.— It will be necessary to send by Water all the Carpets that are not in Use, and several Beds, Bedsteads, Bedding Bed and Table Linnen,—Plate, China &c if you can convey it to Providence would come better that Way. The House is on the North River about a mile out of the City, in a fine situation, a good Stable, Coach House, Garden, about 30 Acres of Land. it goes by the name of Mr Montiers House.—1 We may keep, two Cows, on the Pasture. The Rent is 50 or an 100£ less, than for a poorer House in the City.

Charles and Thomas had better come on with you, at least the former.— Brisler and Polly Taylor, at least must come.— I inclose a Letter to President Willard2 & am / yours most tenderly

John Adams

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mrs Adams.”

1For Richmond Hill, the Adamses’ home while JA served as vice president in New York City, see Descriptive List of Illustrations, No. 10, above. The house originally belonged to Maj. Abraham Mortier, a British officer, who built it around 1767 (Stokes, Iconography of Manhattan description begins I. N. Phelps Stokes, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, 1498–1909, New York, 1915–1928; 6 vols. description ends , 1:416–417).

2Not found.

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