Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to John Adams, 30 November 1794

Abigail Adams to John Adams

Quincy Novbr 30th 1789 [1794]

my dearest Friend

I have to acknowledg the receipt of Several Letters from you, together with Demourier Memoirs; for which accept my thanks;1 I wish to hear from you, & to learn something of the Buisy world as often as your Time will permit, but in return I have only to relate to you the Small occurrencies which my Family and Farm afford. Not a son to visit me now, and enliven by his presence once a week or fortnight, a long Winter Evening, and to detail to me what is passing in the more active scenes of Life. Mary is gone home,2 & Julias sportive gambols are the enliveners of some solitary moments when unoccupied with the cares of my Family; and feeling anxious to hear from my Children, I have just finishd a Letter to each of them to go by captain Scott.3 I hope you will write to them as I see several vessels up to go from Philadelphia;.

The buisness of the week past, has been plowing carting sea weed and stones. two of my Hands will leave me in the course of the present week as their time expires— they have been very usefull in going with the scow for sea weed. the weather now grows too Boisterous to make further use of it, this season. I am in hopes if the season permitts to compleat filling the yards from the shore, but I have made no provision for my fireside yet, but from day to day, I have been so desirious to improve all the open weather for the other buisness.—

Mr Pratt has informd mr Cranch that he means to sell his pew.4 he bid it of at 42 pounds. he laid out in finishing it between 4 & 5 pounds he would sell it for 46— mr Cranch desired me to let you know it. he will not part with it till he hears from you

Dr Tufts desires me to get mr Brisler to inquire the price of clover seed.

The President Speach I hear is come I have not seen it. the weather was bad yesterday, and my Neighbours did not get their paper

adieu most / affectionatly Yours—

Abigail Adams

just as I was folding my letter, to close it, yours of the 19 Novbr was brought me. I know our feelings are often in unison, and I fear you would think me in low spirits. my spirits tho sometimes low, from particular causes, are generally on a uniform key. I am sorry you are deprived of mrs otis & Familys Society— I know it amused you. three Months will soon slide away when I hope we shall meet again. I shall inclose the Presidents speach to our son thanks for the Book—

RC (Adams Papers); addressed by Louisa Catharine Smith: “The Vice President of the United States / Philadelphia.”; endorsed: “Mrs Adams Nov. 30 / ansd. Decr 8. 1794”; notation: “N.B. This date should be 1794.”

1On 15 Nov. JA wrote to AA complaining of the slow start to the congressional session; he also enclosed Charles François Du Périer Dumouriez’s Memoirs of General Dumourier, 2 vols. in 1, Phila., 1794, Evans, description begins Charles Evans and others, American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America [1639–1800], Chicago and Worcester, 1903–1959; 14 vols. description ends No. 26918. The book is in JA’s library at MB (Adams Papers; Catalogue of JA’s Library description begins Catalogue of the John Adams Library in the Public Library of the City of Boston, Boston, 1917. description ends ).

2That is, Mary Smith, the daughter of Catharine Louisa and William Smith Jr. She had lived with the Cranches for a number of years and was presumably returning to her mother’s home in Lincoln (AA to JQA, 15 June 1797, Adams Papers).

3AA to JQA, 26 Nov., above, and AA to TBA, 30 Nov., below.

4Thomas Pratt (ca. 1747–1811), a Revolutionary War soldier and Quincy housewright, sold his pew in the Quincy Meeting House to JA on 3 Jan. 1795 for £46 (Adams Papers, Wills and Deeds; Sprague, Braintree Families description begins Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, comp., Genealogies of the Families of Braintree, Mass., 1640–1850, Boston, 1983; repr. CD-ROM, Boston, 2001. description ends ).

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