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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 18 January 1794

My dearest Friend

I send you, at present the Negotiations with Mr. Hammond as I sent you before those with Mr. Genet. I wish I could send you "The Example of France a Warning to Britain" a Pamphlet of Arthur Young the Secretary of Sir John Sinclairs Agricultural Society: but it is borrowed and must be returned. He is more Burkish than Burke I think.

Congress will do little this session I believe and perhaps the less the better.

Americanus has received just such a Flagellation as he has deserved these twenty Years. His Blunders, his Ignorance his Dulness his Duplicity and Insincerity has been detected and exposed. And if The Block head had always been treated with the same Freedom and Spirit he would have been held in total Contempt before this day and would have been quite harmless. I have however that Barnevelt will not make himself cheap by meddling much with such Fools and Knaves. Nee Deus intersit nisi dignus, Vendice nodus.

Thomas has sent to his Brother, two hundred dollars for you in a Check on some bank.

We have an open Winter, much too mild to clear the Atmosphere of all its Vapours. It is said that a dry Fall is commonly followed by an open Winter. When the large Tracts and great Lakes in the North West are not Wet and full of Water in the Fall before Winter setts in, there is seldom much snow or great Cold in the Course of it. I presumd the Ice is not sufficient any more than the Snow for our Wall Operations but your our Wood may be brought home for the whole summer I should supppose. There is a quantity of manure throwd out of the Ditches at the Coves which I should wish carted or sledded into the yard if it can be conveniently: but I would not  [illegible plan too much Work.

Duty and Love.

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Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 18 January 1794 [electronic edition]. Adams Family Papers: An Electronic Archive. Massachusetts Historical Society. http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/
Original manuscript: Adams, John. Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 18 January 1794. 3 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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