Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to William Smith, 9 Jul. 1797

Philadelphia July 9th1797

Dear Sir

I think I Sent you the former part of the correspondence of which I now inclose further documents that you may have the whole before you at one view; a fine Kettle of fish cooking for us. I also inclose you two of Claypooles papers by which you will [see] the proceedings as far as they have gone of both Houses. we have so many affairs so very critical daily occurring that I fear we must give up our intention of comeing to Quincy this Season. I sometimes fear it will give you a—a—President, whom some I know had rather should be where he is—the close and constant application to publick buisness through a Summer session is sufficient to wear down any constitution. we must make some excursions for a week at a time as soon as Congress get up, but they are detaind by this Sad buisness

mr Gerry acceptance give great Satisfaction, the only objection of those natty Federal Men who did not vote for him, arose not from a want of confidence in his honour or integrity, but from a fear that he would be too tenacious of his own opinions; in a Letter received from him by the President he asks may not instructions be given that if 2 differ from the 3d. the third shall not oppose, but yeald this does not look as if he wisht to be tenacious provided he should happen to be the 3d

I believe my dear Sir I must request the Carriage Sent as Soon as done—I must close or be too late for post

My kind regards / to all Friends from your truly affectionate

A Adams

(MHi: Smith-Carter Papers).

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