Adams Papers

From William Cranch to Abigail Smith Adams, 24 April 1800

City of Washington Apl. 24th. 1800—

Dear Madam,

Mr. Carroll has requested me to communicate the Contents of the inclosed letter, and I hasten to do it lest <it> you should have given an Answer to Mr. Law, before this arrives. Mr. Carroll’s description of his house is a very modest one—And I can say in addition to it, that its’ situation is delightful, being the whole of square No. 736, which is <delightfu> a large square, and has a good fish pond, I believe well stored with fish—His spring house (which is a milk house) his bath & his smoke houses are excellently contrived for the purposes intended, as I am inform’d, and Mr. Carroll’s family having lived on the spot for many years can prove it to be as healthy as any place whatever. <[. . .]> He has prepar’d and will erect a very handsome free stone portico to the door which will cost 800 Dols. Mrs. Carroll is a good friend of Mrs. Cranch’s, and is an amiable & domestic woman.—I am not sure that Mr. Law’s house is healthy, & have in fact suspicions that a marsh which runs at the foot of the Capitol hill, will render it liable to the ague & fever. Mr. Carroll’s being farther removed from it, & having for many years been found healthy, would be prefer’d by me. I think you would find yourself infinitely better accommodated at Mr. Carrolls than at Mr. Laws, although the rent is higher. I must say however that the marsh which I spoke of, may be drain’d at a very small Expence. The house I have taken is on square No. 741—We have not yet been able to get into it, but reside at present in a house on square 740—You will observe the situations on an engraved plan of the City.—

I am extremely obliged by the kind interest you have taken with regard to my health, and have the pleasure to inform you that I was able to return to court, and have continued to recover ever since. My Complaint was a bilious cholic, to which I was always liable in New England.

Please present me respectfully to Mrs. Johnson & affectionately to her son—

I had written you a letter to go by her but being at that time much engaged in moving, I neglected to give it her—

Please mention me respectfully to the President and affectionately to your son T.B.A—to Mr. Shaw & Miss Smith / & believe me respectfully & / affect’ely your obliged Nephew

W. Cranch

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