John Adams letter to Abigail Adams, 18 September 1774


Philadelphia, 18 September, 1774.


IN your last, I you inquire tenderly after my health, and how we found the people upon our journey, and how we were treated. I have enjoyed as good health as usual, and much more than I know how to account for, when I consider the extreme heat of the weather, and the incessant feasting I have endured ever since I left Boston.

The people in Connecticut, New York, the Jerseys, and Pennsylvania, we have found extremely well principled, and very well inclined, although some persons in New York and Philadelphia wanted a little animation. Their zeal, however, has increased wonderfully since we began our journey. When the horrid news was brought here of the bombardment of Boston, which made us completely miserable for two days, we saw proofs both of the sympathy and the resolution of the continent. War! war! war! was the cry, and it was pronounced in a tone which would have done honor to the oratory of a Briton or a Roman. If it had proved true, you would have heard the thunder of an American Congress.

I have not time, nor language to express the hospitality and the studied and expensive respect with which we have been treated in every stage of our progress. If Camden, Chatham, Richmond and St. Asaph had travelled through the country, they could not have been entertained with greater demonstrations of respect than Cusjiing, Paine, and the brace of Adamses have been. The particulars will amuse you when we return.

I confess, the kindness, the affection, the applause which have been given to me, and especially to our province, have many n time filled my bosom and streamed from my eyes. My best respects to Colonel Warren and his lady when you write to them. I wish to write them.



John Adams

Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume I, 1841