Adams Papers

Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Adams, 20 Jun. 1797

Quincy June 20th 1797

Dear Sister

This makes the fourth Letter I have written you since you left us—I thank you for yours by the last weeks mail & for the news paper. I knew the writer before you told me—The centinal has already publish’d what you sent for the cronicle. nobody believ’d what the later said it was a lie so easily detected that they were very foolish to publish such stuff—as to the Politicks of this State you know more of it now than I do I dare say. I go [to] no place where people are wiser than my self about it. I go & inquire of Mrs Black but she says she wants mrs Adams to inform her, but I believe we shall go on very well & support the President. [the] Senate & house look well in print I design to spend a few days in Boston I hope I shall pick up something for you there—

I was at your house yesterday every thing was neat & clean within & without. Doctor Tufts says your People will not cost you half as much to support them in your absence as it did when your Family were here they do not require any thing better than other Labourers they see nothing better in the house than what they have & are contented Mrs Porter wished me to let her have the use of a Funnal & a milk pail I gave them to her out of the Store Room She Said she would take good care of them. you did not direct me to Supply them with any thing—I did not know what to do, but I suppos’d you would not refuse her. I shall not let her have any thing to use without informing you of it—There is a trunk N. 3 which Stands before the Imperial which contains the course Tow Sheets for the mens Beds Polly desir’d me to take a pair of Sheets out of it & put in the cotton & linnin but I cannot find a key which will open it, She thinks tis by mistake gone with you, if it is I wish you to send it, or tell me what I shall do—I writ to mr Smith about your Bacon, it has been ready at his store above three weeks & I sent your Case to his care last week I hope you will get it safe I believe I secur’d it well. I went yesterday with a design to set down in your parlour & work, & open the entry doors & make the house look as if you were in it. Cousin Betsy & Jacob were with me, but Mrs Black sent for us to take Tea with her so we only stay’d long enough to try the keys again. Mrs Baxter Polly is married—was with me, but we could not find one that would fit the lock. Jacob search’d the house over to find you—he would not believe but you was some where in the house—he wanted a glass of wine & some cake Mrs Norton came over this week with her two Boys Richard & William. they are all well. mrs Norton sends her duty to the President & you & her Love to Cousin Louissa mr & mrs Greenleaf are here to spend this week with me. She expects to be confin’d the last of august or begining of September & I do not suppose will come out again to stay so long I believe I am sorry she is like to have any children but we never can say, what will be best—we know nothing about it—

We have been without preaching these two sundays we are to have a meeting [to] see if we can give mr Flint a call. I veryly believe he will now have more votes than mr Whitney had. the People were so divided in there minds before that they did not know which to prefer. it has been thought best in order certainly to know the wishes of the People to have a Subcription paper handed about the Town before the meeting. it fills very fast. no one has refus’d it that I can hear but deacon Bass & he is very angry with mr Cranch & you. with mr Cranch for writing mr Whitney a Letter informing him of the repeated trials to get the votes for him to be so near unanimous & with you for telling him that while mr Wibird recd fifty pound of his Salary that we Should never offer any thing that could be an object with a young Genttleman you lov’d to discourage him &c I wish [the] Deacon may be as easy with mr Flint as you & mr Cranch would have been with mr Whitney—you well know how much we admir’d him in the pulpit, but I do not believe he would have done half the good among the People that mr Flint would. for myself I should prefer mr Whitney

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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