John Adams letter to Abigail Adams, 23 September 1774


Philadelphia, 23 September, 1774.


I would not lose the opportunity of writing to you, though I must be short.

Tedious indeed is our business slow as snails. I have not been used to such ways. We sit only before dinner. We dine at four o clock. We are crowded with a levee in the evening.

Fifty gentlemen meeting together, all strangers, are not acquainted with each other's language, ideas, views, designs. They are therefore jealous of each other fearful, timid, skittish.

John Adams

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