Boston June 16th 1798.—
I thank you for your condecending notice both of me and mine; the dear Partner of my life has left this Earth and gone to Heaven. I agree with you that the loss to me can never be repaired. The lenient hand of time has as yet been insufficient to assuage my Grief, or to ease that pungent sorrow (warrented by reason and Scripture) with which I am impressed: and I sorrow most of all that I shall see her Face no more.
I wish a lock of her Hair had been preserved, that I could have transmitted to you a part of it, in a mode, that she might have been remembered at a distant day. I inclose to you a sett of sermons preached upon her death and one for his Excellency which you’ll be pleased to accept. Please to tell the President I love him as well as ever; and anticipate the day when he shall be the Saviour of our Israel in Establishing the Rights of the union on a sure and permanent basis: and desire him to hold fast his Integrity and not let it go, nor his heart reproach him so long as he lives. / I am with sentiments of / Respectfull attachment / your sincere and afficted / Friend.—
MHi: Adams Papers.