Adams Papers

John Adams to Abigail Adams, 25 October 1797

John Adams to Abigail Adams

Oct. 25. [1797]

My Dearest Friend

I send you the Letters— I could not keep my hands off of Nabby’s.1 I beg her Pardon. They write me flattering Accounts from Phila. Mr Anthony writes most confidently. No danger. No fever—alls well.—2

When Brisler goes he should throw Lime into the Cellar Vault &c.

I think We ought to have been together to day. But tomorrow will do.

I am glad Malcom came out. We must prepare to go to Phila. the first Week in Novr. if no bad news.

Caroline & all are well

RC (Adams Papers); docketed: “J A to A A.”

1TBA to AA, 24 July, 17 Aug., JQA to AA, 29 July, all above, and JQA to JA, 10 Aug. (Adams Papers), for which see TBA to AA, 10 Sept., note 2, above. JQA and LCA’s joint letter to AA2 has not been found, but see AA2 to JQA, 4 Nov., below.

2Joseph Anthony wrote to Timothy Pickering on 21 Oct. reporting “the good News of the Fever having done in this City … there is Some of it yet; but it is going off Rapidly,— so that the Vissiting Doctors, and the health Committee assure me, the Citizens may Return Next week, or Even Now, with the most perfect Safety.—” Anthony asked Pickering to communicate this news to JA in New York “to Comfort and Compose his mind,” adding that “there is No Sort of Danger Near where he Resides.” Pickering forwarded the letter to JA, writing on the back, “the best account I have recd. from Philadelphia” (Adams Papers).

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