Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to Elizabeth Ellery Dana, 5 Jun. 1797

5 June 1797

my dear madam

Blessed are the Peace makers, Says a Good Book for which you and I entertain the highest respect and reverence, I quote this benidiction to reconcile you to the Nomination which was yesterday made by the President to the Senate of your Best Friend as one of the envoys extraordinary to the French directorary. I do not expect you will give him your thanks for this nomination, but my dear Madam you will recollect that my Husband and yours have been fellow labourers in <the Great House of> building up the goodly Fabrick which has become the envy of Nations, [but] <and> which still requires able and skillfull Artist to Shield and protect it from being [sapped] at Home, and overturned from abroad, he will not, he must not refuse his aid to the pilot when the Ship is <in> threatned with a Storm. it is in full confidence of his known, tried and long experienced attachment to his Country, and his pure American Sentiments that he is now calld to this important embassy and however painfull it may be to you to be again Seperated, I hope you will reassume your former magnininity <under> which Supported you in times more perilious than the present, and under circumstances Still more distressing to you as your Children were then all young.

To the judge taking for granted that he will not refuse I have only to bequest that he will consider this house as his Home where he comes on here. and if you would accompany him it would be an additional pleasure and Satisfaction / to your Friend / and that humble / Servant / Abigail Adams

as it personally respects you, I can Sympathize in all your feelings, having had my full share of those trials which call to the post of danger and Sacrifice <my dearst Friends> in tims past we have been sister Sufferers—as our Friends and partners have been on former occasions fellow Labourers in the Arduous and perilious conflit for Freedom and independance. having <shaken off the> thrown of the Shackles, and “shiverd the Fetters” of one dominering power, we must not Submit to the Inn Road of a more Insolent and assuming Hand. the opening prospect is allarming it threatens us with the Subversion of all that our Friends have mutually aided each other in obtaining, and which we had good reason to expect should be transmitted a fair inheritance to our Children, your Friend is again calld upon by his Country to take an active <part> and very important part; [in] a mission which calls for all those qualities he is so well known to possess, and on which will depend in a great measure the Peace of our <his> Country. I will not <permit> permit myself to doubt a moment of his acceptance or of your approbation & consent. I have <known> been witness of your fortitude & patriotism under more trying times than the present. <the commission will>

Be so good as to present both the Presidents and my Regards to the Judge with our request that he would consider this House as his Home

I presume the judge will lose no time in making his arrangments and that we shall have the pleasure of seeing him here previous to his departure. if you would accompany him & consider this House as your Home during your Stay it would give great pleasure to your old and Constant Friend

A Adams.

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

Index Entries