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OUR amiable friend Hancock, who, by the way, is our President, is to send his servant tomorrow for Cambridge. I am to send a few lines by him. If his man should come to you, to deliver this letter, treat him very kindly, because he is a kind, humane, clever fellow.
We are distressed here for want of intelligence and information from you and from Boston, Cambridge, &c. &c. &c. We have no regular advices. I received one kind letter from you in one from Colonel Warren. An excellent letter I had from him. It has done him great honor and me much good. My duty and love to all. I have had miserable health and blind eyes, almost ever since I left you ; but I found Dr. Young here, who, after scolding at me quantum sufficit, for not taking his advice, has pill d and electuary d me into pretty good order. My eyes are better, my head is better, so are my spirits.
The Congress will support the Massachusetts. There is a good spirit here. But we have an amazing field of business before us. When I shall have the joy of meeting you and our little ones, I know not. The military spirit, which runs through the continent, is truly amazing. This city turns out two thousand men every day. Mr. Dickinson is a Colonel, Mr. Reed a Lieutenant-Colonel, Mr. Mifflin a Major. He ought to have been a General, for he has been the animating soul of the whole.
Colonel Washington appears at Congress, in his uniform, and, by his great experience and abilities in military matters, is of much service to us.
Oh that I were a soldier ! I will be. I am reading military books. Every body must, and will, and shall be a soldier.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume I, 1841