Adams Papers

From Rebecca Leppington Hurd to Abigail Smith Adams, 13 August 1798

Boston Aug 13th. [1798]

Your kind Letter good Madam was receiv’d by Mr Hurd and myself, with gratitude notwithstanding our request coud not be complied with: And that you shou’d condescend so early and amid the multiplicity of other Engagments to notice Us we have the Vanity to attribute to a mark of Esteem from a Lady of the first Character in the United States—

Permit us now Madam to congratulate the President yourself and family on your safe return to your happy abode in Quincy, and believe Us when we say that we partook largly of the general Satisfaction visible in every Countenance when it was announced that the President was on his way to this State and coud We have been gratified with a personal View on your near approach to this Town it wou’d have afforded Us no Small pleasure as that was not in our power We were highly entertain’d by the circumstantial accounts in the Publick papers—and that the President may long live in the love & esteem of a gratfull People as a reward for his Unexampled and distingusted Exertions in Cause of his Country is the Sincere & ardent wish of every true American

I thank you dear Madam for your kind Enquires after my health I never enjoyed a better State, my Mother too altho’ in her 80th. year has been remarkably well this Summer she desires her best respects may be presented to you, when I read that part of Your Letter wherein you mention her, the tears started into her eyes, I think said she it is extraordary that Mrs Adams shoud remember me My Sister is very much of an invalid she also presents her respects with thanks for your kind notice of her She Still retains a pleasing rememberance of the many favors bestow’d on her by yourself and your respected Connections with Sentiments of gratitude—

Miss Louisa Smith will accept my love with my little girls, probably she will be gratified by the perusal of two Letters from Her Brother William, one of them of a recent date which came to hand Yesterday She will please to return them when read & had She a leisure moment to convey a line with them it woud afford pleasure to one who loved her when a little girl & still feels a Strong atachment to those to whom she is nearly allied

I have only to request that our most respectfull compliments may be presented to the President, and subscribe myself / Dear Madam with the / Utmost esteem & respect / your humbl Sert

Rebecca Hurd

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