Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to William Smith, 18 Dec. 1797

Philadelphia 18 Decbr 1797

Dear Sir

I have inclosed to you a couple of Letters and a post Note [of 50 dollors,] which I will be much obliged to you to get Changed and inclosed in the Letter to mr Peabody which I have [left] open for that purpose, and forward to him by the post or otherways as you may think safest,

I was mistaken when I wrote you last that the Betsy had arrived, She did not get in for ten days, but has at last come, and I have got the fish, the River here closed so early that the Merchants are in great distress, their vessels partly loaded, and many of them have already been damaged by the Ice, particuliarly the William Penn, they fear they shall be obliged to unload her—but we have now some soft mild weather which gives hopes that the Rivers will open. if any vessel should sail from Boston for this place, you will oblige me by sending me a Barrel of cramberries,

The papers will give you all the politicks, we are So closed up that we can get no communications [from abroad] but what we are indebted to our Bay States for, except Ben Bache who has his by the whole sale, and is never at a loss for a lye, when he wants to fill his paper,

with Love to mrs Smith and Children I am yours &c

A Adams

In my last Letter I inclosed 60 dollors for you

(MHi: Smith-Townsend Papers).

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