Adams Papers

Martha Washington to Abigail Adams, 12 May 1790

Martha Washington to Abigail Adams

Wednesday— May 12. [1790]

Mrs. Washington presents her compliments to Mrs. Adams— She wishes to know how the Vice-President and Mrs. Adams are to day— Mrs. Washington is happy to inform that the President is a little better to day than he was yesterday1

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Mrs. Adams—”

1George Washington, unwell through much of the spring, became gravely ill from influenza and pneumonia in mid-May and did not fully recover until the middle of June (Washington, Papers, Presidential Series description begins The Papers of George Washington: Presidential Series, ed. Dorothy Twohig, Mark A. Mastromarino, Jack D. Warren, Robert F. Haggard, Christine S. Patrick, John C. Pinheiro, and others, Charlottesville, 1987–. description ends , 5:393–399).

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