philadelphia december 27th 1799
I embrace this opportunity by mr Shaw my Nephew, a Friend and college acquaintance of your Son’s, to enquire after your Health; and that of your Family.
I wish my dear Madam that I could rejoice your Heart with any late agreable intelligence from our Children abroad, but that is not in my power. the increased Ravages of War—renders it more difficult to keep up any regular communication with them. my last Letter was dated in July, when Mr Adams proposed making an excursion to dresden; I have heard Since, that he took an intermitting fever there, of which he was very sick—I am anxious to hear directly from him—how late is your last Letter from Mrs. Adams. poor Girl—She is very unfortunate and I am fearfull will not be otherways—
I know madam that you will join with all good people throughout America, in lamenting the loss, our Country has sustained by the death of the Great the Good the illusterous Washington—No Man ever lived more beloved, or dyed more Sincerely more universally, and more pathetically regreated.
Will you not make a visit to this City this winter? it would give real pleasure to your Friends—to none more than to Your Friend
PS mrs Smith and miss L Smith present their regards to you and family—
MHi: Adams Papers.