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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
I HAVE received yours of the 5th. If you think it best, leave Thomas at college, but I pray you to come on with Charles, as soon as possible. As to the place, let my brother plough and plant as he will, as much as he will. He may send me my half of the butter, cheese, &c., here. As to money to bear your expenses, you must, if you can, borrow of some friend, enough to bring you here. If you cannot borrow enough, you must sell horses, oxen, sheep, cows, any thing at any rate rather than not come on. If no one will take the place, leave it to the birds of the air and beasts of the field, but at all events break up that establishment and that household. As to Daniel, he has a wife and cannot leave her ; besides, he makes great wages where he is ; but if you have a mind to bring Daniel, you may. We can do with out him.
I have as many difficulties here, as you can have, public and private ; but my life from my cradle has been a series of difficulties, and that series will continue to the grave. I hope Briesler will come, but if he cannot, we can do without him. I have taken Moustier's house, on the North River, a mile out of town. There is room enough and accommodations of all sorts, but no furniture.
I am, &c., tenderly,
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841