Adams Papers

William Cranch to Abigail Adams, 5 Aug. 1797

Philadelphia Augt. 5th. 1797

My dear Madam

Mrs. Cranch informs me that a kind letter arrived from you at Washington since my arrival here, requesting me to reside at your house while I remained in Philada.—I need not repeat how much I am obliged by all your goodness & attention. The second day after my arrival here I met Mr. Briesler, who mentioned to me your kind request & the orders he had received; & inforced the invitation with such appearance of real sincerity, that I promised, I would reside at the house on my return from N. York. I return’d last monday, & have since occupied your house—but it is solitary in the extreme. I do not recollect that I ever felt the want of society before. The weather <has> indeed, [has] its share of operation. My journey to N. York was to carry Miss Eliot, who expects there to <meet> meet her parents. I had the pleasure to dine with Mr. C. Adams on saturday.—

I find Messrs. M & N strongly fortified on the banks <the> of the Schuylkill, with scarce the means of obtaining even their dayly bread. But I feel myself pretty secure, & have no fear of being eventually a great loser by their misfortunes. But I feel most severely for the confinement of my poor friend Greenleaf.—Disappointed Speculation & exulting Envy have tried to blast his Character, but if ever a heart possess’d that Charity which ought to cover a multitude of faults, I believe it to be his.—His fault has been too sanguine a disposition, [in himself] and too much Confidence in [that of] others.—

I find Mr. Morris in such a situation that I can not urge a compliance with his promise to purchase me a library. I shall therefore accept my Uncle’s kind offer of the Loan of $200 for which I shall leave with Mr. Briesler my note of hand on demand with Interest. Colo. Deakins of Georgetown, voluntarily offer’d to accept my drafts for any sums of money I might want before my return, either for the purchase of books or any other call I might have—But at present I had rather be under obligations to my uncle. Colo. Deakins is one of the best men in the world. It would make a convert of the greatest misanthropist to know that even one such man was to be found among ten thousand.—I am happy in believing him one of my best & most influential friends. This is not simply my own opinion of the man, but it is a character establish’d through the whole state.—

I shall probably be obliged to remain here a few days longer, much against my inclination.—

Present my most grateful & affectionate Respects to the President, & believe me with every sentiment of respectful affection, your dutiful Nephew

W. Cranch.

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