Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to Elbridge Gerry, 8 Jul. 1797

Philadelphia July 8 1797

Dear Sir

The president knowing how Sincere an interest I had taken in the result of your deliberations, communicated to me your Letter this morning received, and I do assure you Sir that it gave me great pleasure.

I had anticipated many of your reasons and arguments of a publick nature, and I did flatter myself that you would not decline so very important an Embassy, at so critical a State of our publick affairs. and I am not a little gratified to find the predictions of some, dissapointed by your acceptance.

Good people cannot always think alike. the votes which Stand recorded against your appointment gave me the more pain, because I know the gentlemen to be all Federal, and Sincerely to have the intent of their Country at Heart, but they entertaind an Idea, that having once taken an opinion, you would be so tenacious of it, as not to yeald, even when others might esteem it necessary by which means they feard the mission might be defeated.

There is this difference between those opposed to Judge Dana, and those who withheld votes from you. the latter, tho judging differently from the Executive will not abuse the Government, or calumniate its officers.

I could wish for the pleasure of seeing you before you left America, if it had comported with your plans. I see in the Centinal, a vessel up for Amsterdam. I therefore presume you will embark from Boston.

I feel most Sincerely for Mrs Gerry, I know by frequent experience how to sympathize with her. you have been witness to the bitterness of my Soul on similiar trials, before you was so well qualified to judge as a Husband and parent. from your Friendship and Sympathy I then derived Consolation, which I have never forgotten.

Mrs Gerry will deserve well of her Country for the Sacrifice She <so cheerfully> submits to.

That your Embassy may prove Successfull & honorable to yourself and Country, is the sincere / and Ardent wish of your / Friend and Humble Servant

A Adams

I take the Liberty to send you a late publication.


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