Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Catherine Nuth Johnson, 12 May 1800

Philadelphia May 12th 1800

My dear Madam

I expected the post of this morning would have brought me a few lines from you; I was very unhappy upon your <new> account the day you left me, it appeard so inhospitable to consent to your going, upon a day which proved so inclemnent, that I could not reconcile my feelings to it; I hope you have not been made sick by it. and that you found your Family all well upon your return. Mrs. Hellens little Boy is by this time, out of any apprehension from the concequences of the Small pox I trust. I hope he has had it favourably—

My Boston Friends left me this morning, and Congress folks are retiring as fast as possible. They will rise tomorrow it is thought—I propose going upon fryday. The President has come to a determination to visit Washington previous to his going eastward. I cannot however say when he will be able to sit out.

I have directed Mr Brisler when he puts up the Trunk of Cloaths which are to be sent with the furniture to Washington to address it to the Care of Mr. Johnson. You will be kind enough to give it house Room untill call’d for—

You will see by the public papers that McHenry has resignd his office, and that Gen’ll Marshall is appointed in his place—mr Marshall had but one Nay against him. Mr S J Mason Duane tells us in his paper that more changes are to take place, he is the last Man in whom any confidence from any honorable quarter would be reposed, but as I do not wish to be in Secrets of this nature, I make it a rule, <to> never to ask a question—I hope every change will prove benificial to the prosperity and happiness of the Country—

I shall hope to hear from you by the first opportunity I return a handkerchief left by Mr Johnson. My Respectfull regards to Mr Johnson & the young Ladies with whom I hope a more intimate acquaintance in some future day. I am my dear Madam affectionatly Your

A A.

It is confidently asserted here, that a match is agreed upon between Mr. Carrol and Miss Harriet Chew—is it so between Mr Hoe Miss Johnson—?

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