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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 17 November 1794

My dearest Friend

Yesterday I attended the Dedication, of a Temple. The Presbyterian Congregation in Market Street, have taken down their old Meeting House, and erected a new one, in the same Place, much larger, higher, more light, airy and elegant. They assembled in it for the first time, yesterday, when Dr. Ewing preached in the Morning and Dr. Blair in the Afternoon.

I recollected with Pleasure upon this Occasion the Course of Sermons delivered in Rotation by the Ministers of Boston in the new Church in Brattle Street, and Philadelphia got nothing by the Comparison. Dr. Blair however entertained Us with an elegant and sublime Discourse, in which among other good Things he gave Tom Paine a hearty Reprobation.

I dined at Mrs. Otis's; all well. I hope to receive a Line to day, A Journal, or diurnal Register of farming would be very very refreshing, and entertaining. Oh the tedious solitude that awaits me, for 3 or 4 months, amidst the Strife, Smoke, Wealth, Luxury, Eloquence, Learning, Wit, and Wisdom of this proud City and our venerable Congress: To me, one Week of Domestic felicity and Rural Accomplishment, would be worth it all.

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Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 17 November 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, 17 November 1794. 2 pages. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcription.
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