Washington July 13th 1804
My best friend
I recieved your kind favour of the first the day before yesterday our dear Babe is so much better I trust he will now go through the Summer pretty well although the next two months will I fear prove very trying should he continue better I shall defer my visit to Newmarket untill September if not I shall endeavor to go immediately the only difficulty is how to get there no Stage going between this place & my Aunts it is 30 miles from Washington and to hire a Carriage I am fearful would be too expensive I shall at any rate wait to hear from you—
Mr. & Mrs. Merry have left this place for Philadelphia on their way to Baltimore they had the misfortune to lose one <
two> of their Servants the Coachman who fell off his box and expired it is said he was killed by a stroke of the Sun the footman likewise lies dangerously ill at Baltimore.
Mr. & Mrs. Pichon are gone to Philadelphia she is very ill and I tremble <
for her> lest this dreadful affliction should prove too great for her to get over—Bonaparté is at last made Emperor you can now have no fears for your Country since< if the> America has such a Protector we cannot doubt her welfare It has been the fashion here to call him Tyrant for sometime I wonder what they will say now—
Adieu my beloved friend I am sorry your State have cut out so much work for you. Should the child have a return of his complaint I may perhaps extend my journey to Quincy I bathe them both every Morning & think it has already been of Service to them my own health is better than I ever remember it and the family are all well <
[. . .]> Remember me affectionately to your friends & believe most sincerely yours
L. C. Adams
I wonder you have patience to read my letters I am almost ashamed to send them
MHi: Adams Papers.