Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to William Smith Shaw, 4 March 1799

Quincy March 4th 1799

Dear william

I received your Letter of Febry 21st but as I am much out of humour this morning, I do not feel in spirits to write;

Immagination has full scope in the wide feild of conjecture, it moves from one object to an other, fixing sometimes upon one, and Sometimes upon an other; puzzeld in mazes, and perplexd with errors, lost and bewilderd in the Search—I want more light, I want more light, Said one of our Anti members when the report of the Senate and house was read, in the house of Reps of this State, upon the Virginia Resolutions—

That child Said a Somebody I forget who governs the Kingdom. the child governs the mother the mother governs the monarch—and he who will not Submit to be governd, will be defeated and counteracted—

but I will add no more Congress rise to day—God Speed them—I believe they have done as much harm as good this Session—

adieu / Yours affectionatly


DLC: Shaw Family Papers.

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