Adams Papers

Mary Smith Cranch to Abigail Adams, 27 Jun. 1797

Quincy June 27th 1797

My dear Sister

I never visit or pass your house but I think of that beautiful & simple Song in the Spectator

“My time oh ye Muses’ was happily spent

when Phebe went with me wherever I went, &c

The Rose Bush under your window is as full of bloom & fragrance. I suppose as formerly your garden florishes & your Clover Field is delightfull but should I tell you how the veiw of them affected me before I reciev’d your last Letter you might call me romantick—I pass’d them yesterday—went into your Garden tasted of the Strawberrys—they will be sweet said I to Cousin Betsy by the time my Sisters return, & this rose bush, how beautiful it [is] to day. If the melancholy Shade which was cast upon every [thing] around your House & Fields was vanish’d—I anticipated the pleasure the President <&> you & my gentle Cousin will feel if you should be permit’d to behold those rational Sources of pleasure <&> the rewards of cultivation and industery. This I will [. . .] where the formalities attendant upon your station may be dispenced with in some measure, & the dear delights of facing & conversing with your old Friends & Neighbours will I hope restore & preserve [the] Health of you all—we are all rejoicing at the prospect of your return—

I thank you my dear Sister for your Letter & thank you for all your kind designs. We are doom’d to always be the oblig’d. I was unwilling mr Cranch Should make the application to you he did. . We know not what is in the womb of Providence. While our children deserve well & maintain there integrety I feel as if they would have always Bread to eat & Raiment to put on their prospect are cloud’d for the present but in this changable world, the next appearence may be brighter—it affects mr Cranchs health & Spirits very sensibly. he says but little about it but he cannot Sleep without groaning you too my Sister have your troubles & indeed we have no difficulties but what if known are felt in common by both of us yours are mine & mine yours—will you give my Love to mrs Smith and her dear Boys & tell her I feel as interested for her welfair as for my own daughters & wish it was in my Power to sooth an anxious hour. Cousin Charles & Family will accept my good wishes also <I hope>

What we are going to do about a minister I do not know many are very desirous of having mr Flint above a hundred have [. . .] their desire in writing. Cap. Adams & Capt Hall & Deacon Bess are the only People of any consequence who are opposd I believe.—I wish We may not get into [. . . ] parties. There is something disagreable to me in mr Flints voice but we may not get a better man upon the whole. We wish we knew the Presidents mind—the young mr Hillard would have pleas’d you both if he lives he will make a figure

Mrs Beal is return’d & is better mr & mrs Black are well. We are quite sociable. She sends her Love to you & is in Spirits, at the thought of your visit tho We suppose it must be Short—mr Apthorp has had a dreadful turn of Yils & is confin’d & very weak.

I hear there is a large Packet from mr Adams gone on to Philadelphia. I hope it will reach you before you set out

I had a Letter from Sister Peabody last week. her little Girl has been very bad with the canker rash but is recoverd. the rest of the Family are well mr Cranch joins in every sentiment of Love & respect to the President & you express’d by / your affectionate Sister

Mary Cranch

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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