Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Abigail Amelia Adams Smith, 19 July 1798

July 19th. 1798 Philadelphia

My dear Mrs Smith

I received pr. post yours of the 17th this day, I shall forward your Letter to the Children. I received a Letter from mrs Johnson of the 12th in which she says mr Cranch’s wounds were healing, that the most dangerous was just below the Hair, the other upon the Side of the head. The Skull was laid bare. The Bravadoes struck him twice after he was sensless upon the Ground, and for no other cause, than that he refused to deliver a Horse up, for which he had not received any warrant But the wretches will be tried by the Law, and must suffer the penalty. I have not yet had a letter from Mr Cranch. His poor Father and Mother will be greatly distresst, It is a great mercy that he was not murdered upon the Spot.

Captain Maris must have misunderstood me. I had not any thoughts of sitting out so soon I hope however to see you in the course of the next week, and hope you will be ready to go with us—You had better send a trunk by water You can take on a small one. Col. Smith is nominated for Adjutent Generall of the Army Col. Hamilton is inspector Gen’ll. I will send on the List of Nominations. The President desires he would impress upon his mind the necessity there will be for union & harmony between all the Staff officers and particularly between the Inspector & Adjutant Generals, as well as with the commander in Chief. I hope the appointments will give vigor, and animation to the torpid State of N york, which conducts as if they were willing to receive the Enemey. Some federal exertions are & have been made, but they have chosen Six out of ten Antifederal members to Congress, and Citizen Livingstone If he is not an Agent of An Agent of the directory, he is not an American in word or deed, he is an unblusshing false deceiver of his Country. Virgina is more animated, more united and federal than the city of N york. They betray an apathy, a torpor, which considering their exposed situation astonishes me and I know not how to account for it, but by supposing that the diplomatick Skill bosted of by X & Y, is in full excercise there—But there is no place where such a deadly Lethargy has taken possession—but what have paid with their Blood and Liberties for the infatuation. Philadelphia is all Patriotic warmth and zeal when compared to them.

I do not wish you to mention when we expect to be on. It is uncertain, and we shall not stay in N York at all. Our design is to quit here as silently as possible, and to get through N york in the same manner

The little trunk committed to my care I shall have put up with our plate & sent to the Bank in my absence unless You Send different orders—

With my kind Regards to the Col & Love to Caroline I am your affectionate / Mother

A Adams

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