Adams Papers

Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Adams, 4 May 1797

Quincy May 4th. 1797

Dear Sister

I this day receiv’d your kind Letter from Springfeild—I Set you down in Brookfeild in my mind that day however I think you did right to go on as fast as you could the President must want both you & Mr Bresler & could I think you would have any rest after you arriv’d I should feel better about you. but I do hope you will not think of staying thro the hot months—your Life is of too much importance to be [...]— —I did feel—I cannot Say how the day you left me—I could not bear to stay at Quincy I Should have done like poor Prince wept all day it was necessary also for Cousin Betsy to get out She sets the greatest part of her time at the kitchen chamber window looking into the Burying Ground. I have not let her know I notic’d it but I lead her away as much as I can Sister Smith has had a terrible [. . .] turn quite raving last Saturday & a Monday She made mrs Brackit beleive She was going to dye we were there the most of the day She made mrs Bracket lug & lift her about like a baby till I went over: She was very cross wanted a Doctor & a nurse had no body to take any care of her. Wishd she could be among people who had some feeling & I told mrs B it would not last long I had seen her so many times we put her to Bed & I desired them not to let her get up till she could do it herself. I knew she put all them airs on to fright them she hinted about her [. . .] to fright Cousin Betsy. She was Strong enough the next morning. tis a strange disorder which can make a person act so—she is now much better, but it has worried Cousin—

mr Whitney is gone a journey so we have no meeting to day. Capn. Leudley has had a drumb & a Fife playing all-day at his house & all the worst drunkards in town [with him] & he has been firing guns himself & this evening they have been before mr Apthorps house making a wretched noise—you will be surprized I believe when I tell you that mr Whitney had a large majority of the votes on Monday & more still later upon a motion made to know if those who had voted for mr [. . .] would consent to join the others, that but eight Should Stand back & not one of them have any objection to mr Whitney [&] that finally they consented to suffer to the Clerke to record it a unanimous vote

they chose a committe and desire him to preach till the last of May & the Same Committe to draw up what they might think a proper offer to make him & lay it before the Town at a meeting they are then to have I hope it will be what he can accept. but mr [. . .] will be mortified I have a great value for him but I must say I had rather hear mr Whitney. this harmony is so unexpected that I hope we shall have him

I hope you found your children well at new york & the President in good health I must send my Love to him if he was five times as big as he is—& now my Sister how is it possible for you to take your Pen & not write Politicks I See tis right that you Should not—I do not want Secrets but I Shall want to see my Cousin Letters from abroad I Shall know what is taking or too take place just as I do when I read a Prophesy only I do not think him supernaturally inspir’d—will you be So kind as to send us all the inteligence from them that we may Safely know—I Shall feel my self shut out of the world if I cannot have your oppinion <of> how <they are>[it is] going on—

my dear Louissa will keep up her Spirits & write us often. Cousin Betsy will not leave me I hope or think of any other home <while> untill She gets one of her own

I Shall tell mr Foster about your Trees & take every other care you wish me to—pray let me hear from you or Cousin every week It will comfort the heart of your affectionate Sister

M Cranch

mr Cranch & Madam Welsh send their affectionate regards

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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