Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to Mary Smith Cranch, 5 May 1797

East Chester May 5 1797

My dear Sister

We reachd here yesterday being thursday the 7th [day] from leaving home, we had very bad Roads, the Rains having washd all the Stones bare, and the ruts were very deep I was much fatigued; Brisler and Family went on to N york mrs Brisler much mended in her Health by her journey. I hope when we get over our fatigue we shall all be able to say so, Betsy does not seem the worse for it, tho I think I have run a risk in taking so feeble a Being, but I hope it may be a means of restoreing a Good Girl to Health—I found mrs Smith and her Children in good Health. Mrs Smith grows very fleshy as much so I think as before she first went abroad, tho being older and more moulded into the form of woman, she does not look so burdend, the col has been gone a journey for a fortnight up to his New Lands—tomorrow I go into New York and on Monday proceed for Philadelphia. I think it a very fortunate circumstance that mr Smith accompanied us. it has renderd the journey much pleasenter, and he has taken a good deal of care and anxiety from my mind, which I should have felt if he had not been with me,

I want to hear how you all are, and how my Farming buisness goes on, I would wish you to go & look at them sometimes, my Love to all Friends and Neighbours. Mrs Smith joins me in a kind remembrance.

Your affectionate sister



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