Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to John Quincy Adams, 5 December 1795

Abigail Adams to John Quincy Adams

Quincy Decbr 5 1795

My Dear Son

As capt Scott has not yet saild, it gives me an opportunity of informing you that last Evening I received the Miniatures, and they were next to personally Seeing you; for the likenessess are very good. the Painter however, it is said has given a more flattering Likeness of you than of Thomas

I am perfectly satisfied with them and want to be constantly looking at them.

Tis now a long time Since I received Letters from you. I am anxious to hear whether you are in England. I send you three more of the Defences,1 and am as ever your / affectionate Mother

Abigail Adams

I have requested mr smith to deliver to mr Coles a little plain English and the Feadelrist for you2

RC (Adams Papers).

1Camillus’ “Defence,” for which see JA to JQA, 25 Aug., and note 3, above.

2Enclosures not found. Mr. Coles was likely John Coles (ca. 1749–1809), a Boston printer and painter (Alex Krieger and David Cobb, eds., Mapping Boston, Cambridge, 1999, p. 49).

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