Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Cotton Tufts, 18 March 1800

Philadelphia March 18th 1800

Dear Sir

Mrs Cranch wrote me that mr Clark would remove from our House, and that mr Whitney was desirious of having it. I have mentiond it to the president, and he directs me to Say to you that mr Whitney shall have the House, and he requests that you would Sit mr Beals to paint the outside stone coulour, to repair the Garden fence and he is willing that the Rooms should be new painted within & paperd, the Stairs in front made new, and any thing else you think necessary to make it decent & in good order. the old Barn which is in the Yard had better be considerd as attached to the House & the Spot of ground which we used to make a Garden of, provided you have not already let it to French. I mention this to avoid all inteference between families a Fence between the two places had better be run of post & rails, or if you think best of part wall. this French can do immediatly. the well must always be in common—but if the Yards lie in common, as they do now cattle will trespass and offences will come; which it is desirable to avoid particuliarly between Minister and people—the President is so desirious to accomodate mr Whitney that he is willing you should expend two hundred Dollors in repairs if they cannot be accomplishd under—the Rent he will leave wholy to you but does not wish that it Should be high. there is one difficulty which is mr Adams’s Books. I have not anywhere to put them, unless I could have the Chamber at Frenchs which used to be an office;

The President Says he will Send you an order upon Gen’ll Lincoln to the amount of three thousand dollors if you think you can lay them out in Cannal Shares to advantage, or in Stock. you will be so good as to write me soon upon this and all other Subjects upon which I have written to you; if you want money for the building I have liberty to furnish you—I hope all expedition will be used by mr Bates for the Sound of the Hammer and the clutter &c will not be half so acceptable as Stone Wall & Sead Weed to the President:

I fear the post will go—

adieu dear Sir / may you enjoy health & Spirits for / your own comfort, and the benifit of your Friends / affectionatly / your

A Adams

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