Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Mary Smith Cranch, 25 June 1798

Philadelphia June 25 1798

My dear Sister

I write you a few lines to day, but the weather is so Hot and close and the flies so tormenting that I can not have any comfort. The mornings instead of being pleasent as with you, are Stagnant. Not a leaf Stirs till nine or ten oclock. I get up & drop into my chair; without Spirits or vigor, breath a Sigh for Quincy, and regret that necessity obliges us to remain here. It grows Sickly. the city noisome. My Family are thanks to God recoverd from their illness, and no New one taken down—We have began the use of the cold Bath, and hope it will in some measure compensate for want of a bracing Air. The largness and hight of our Rooms are a great comfort and the Nights are yet tolerable, and I have freed myself for the Season of any more drawing Rooms. Dinners I cannot

I Send you the last dispatch which has yet got printed. I expect Congress will dec[l]are war before they Rise—they are impatient now to rise, but will not be permitted to untill Several more important Bills are matured and past. You will See by the paper inclosed the reception given to Genll Marshall. he is deserving of it all. I cannot but feel hurt for mrs Gerry. O that mr Gerry had, but have thought with his Employer and with his Colleagues, they would all have been here long before this time. we must wait the Event. you will find that in the toast Given at the dinner to mr Marshal no notice or mention of mr Gerry.

I had a Letter from mrs Smith on Saturday. She desires to be rememberd to you and all her Friends. She was in N York on a visit to Col Smith Mother, who had been sick. Caroline was better.

I want to hear of Betsy Shaw every week, but alass I fear she is too far gone to receive any comfort from hearing of her.

I send a handkerchief to old mrs Welch with my respects, and a little bit of Muslin for Sister Smith a couple of caps. how does she do.

Inclosed is a Book for mrs Porter. do you get Peters paper Regularly?

I am my dear sister / affectionatly Yours,

A Adams

The President received last week a polite and Friendly Letter from Genll Washinging inviting us to make a visit to Mount Vernon when Congress rises.


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