My Dearest Friend
This being one of the pleasant Days of the Week, Thursday the Post brought me your kind Letter of the 16th [Abigail to John, 16 December 1794] . The News of The Alfred was written me the Day or next Morning of its Arrival in Boston by our ever kind and attentive friends Dr. Welsh and Mr. Smith, and I should have instantly written it to you, with great Joy if I had not known, that you would have must have had it, much sooner than I from the same Sources. Although there is a feeling of Disappointment, accompanies the Intelligence, arising from not having any direct Account of our sons, yet the high probability of the safe Arrival of the Ship, is a great Consolation. I congratulate you upon it, with cordial Sympathy, and join with you most sincerely in your devout Ejaculation for the health and safety of our sons.
The Case mentioned in Brislers Letter contains the Marble Medallion, as brittle as it is elegant.
The Weather is as beautiful, as mild, soft, clear and wholesome as can be imagined: but We had lately a North East Wind and Rain, which I hope has threwn up, on the shores of Quincy a fresh supply of Sea weed. I want to have
I am delighted with the Activity and Energy with which the affairs of the farm have been conducted, since I left you. A few years of such Exertions will make the Place productive of most of the Necessaries of Life for Us and I hope We shall be indulged with the quiet Enjoyment of it for as many Years as We can be useful to our Country, our Friends or ourselves.
I have been to Church at Dr. Ewings and heard a good sermon. Mrs. Otis and Miss Betcy are well.
The News of my Mothers Health and Activity is in a high degree delightful to me. My Duty to her.
Inclosed is a Book, a present for Louisa. A pretty Book it is, a good Book. I have very little fault to find with it, of any kind. His opinion of Grecian Taste in Art and Literature are so exactly like my own, that he makes me regret, deeply regret,, that the avocations of my Life, have not permitted me, to pursue it with so much Attention as I always desired: but still more than I have not had Opportunity to impress it upon my sons, as I ought. They have better opportunities and Means than I had.
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