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Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 March 1797


My dearest Friend, your dearest Friend never had a more trying day than Yesterday. A Solemn Scene it was indeed and it was made more affecting to me by the Presence of the General, whose Countenance was as serene and unclouded as the day. He Seemed to me to enjoy a Tryumph over me. Methought I heard him think Ay! I am fairly out and you fairly in! See which of Us will be happiest. When the Ceremony was over he came and made me a visit and cordially congratulated me and wished my Administration might be happy, Successful and honourable.

It is now Settled that I am to go into his House. It is whispered that he intends to take french Leave tomorrow. I shall write you, as fast as We proceed.

My Chariot is finished and I made my first Appearance in it Yesterday. It is Simple but elegant enough. My horses are young but clever.

In the Chamber of the House of Representatives, was a Multitude as great as the Space could contain, and I believe Scarcely a dry Eye but Washingtons. The Sight of the Sun Setting full orbit and another rising no less Splendid, was a novelty.

Col. Elsworth administered the oath and with great Energy. Judges Cushing, Wilson and [Iredell?] were present. Many Ladies.

I had not Slept well the night before and did not sleep well the night after. I was unwell and I did not know whether I should get through or not. I did however, How the Business was received I know not, only I have been told that Mason the Treaty publisher Said We should loose nothing by the Change for he never heard such a Speech in Publick in his Life.

All Agree that taken all together it was the sublimest Thing ever exhibited in America.

I am my dearest friend most affectionately and kindly your

John Adams


Cite web page as: Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams, 5 March 1797 [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, 5 March 1797. 1 page. Original manuscript from the Adams Family Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
Source of transcription: Adams Papers Editorial Project. Unverified transcriptions.
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