Adams Papers

Elizabeth Ellery Dana to Abigail Adams, 19 Jun. 1797

Cambridge June 19. 1797

My dear Madam

The respect and reverence which we mutually entertain for the Christian system, and our delight in the peace, and the prosperity of our Country would I trust have reconciled me to another seperation from my dearest friend, if the state of his health would have admitted of his acceptance of the honorable and important appointment which has been conferred upon him—You are not a stranger to his nervous complaints, and it is probable that a negotiation which would require the closest application, and the most vigorous exertions of his mind might not only incapacitate him from aiding the Mission but might render him useless to the public and his family—

These apprehensions have induced him to decline the honour intended him, and I am sure you will give them their due weight, and I hope be reconciled to his non acceptance. Notwithstanding my present debilitated state I could I think sacrifice every personal consideration to the welfare of our Country, and you may rely upon it that I have not thrown any discouragement in the way of Mr Danas acceptance of a share in the interesting and important Mission on the issue of which the peace of our Country may be involved.—You well known the strong and ardent attachment to the Liberty and Independence of that Country we have always, expressed, and evidenced, and friendship will suggest the anxiety we feel from the apprehension that his nonacceptance may be disagreable to those whose happiness has been and will be [ever] dear to us—But there are imperious circumstances to which we must submit.—I am exceedingly obliged by your kind expressions of friendship, and do with the utmost sincerity reciprocate them, for be assured that I am my dear Madam your / old and constant Friend

Elizabeth Dana

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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