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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
ON Tuesday, when I waited, as usual, on Mrs. Washington, after attending the levee, she congratulated me very complaisantly and affectionately on my election, and went farther and said more than I expected. She said it gave them great pleasure to find that the votes had turned in my favor, &c. I doubted whether their prudence would have ventured so far. I believe it sincere. Kidd, however, the steward, was very active and busy for Jefferson. This was from jealousy of Briesler, no doubt. He expected that Jefferson would have taken him, I suppose, and his principle was as good as McKean's. Gerry is steady, while so many prove as slippery as eels.
Dined yesterday with Major Jackson, in company with General Lincoln who lodges there. Married to Miss Willing who is an agreeable woman, and comfortably provided for by an office, he lives in a neat and elegant taste, but I believe prudently. Mr. Ames and a few more made a very social set, and we en joyed ourselves without alloy.
The most unpleasant part of the prospect before me is that of remaining here until June or July. I can t see my grass and barley grow, nor my wall rise. I have, however, almost forgotten my farm. It appears very differently to me. It seems as if I ought not to think about it. The river is frozen so that nothing can get out. Besides, flour is dearer here than at Boston by one third. It has rained to-day like a flood, but the weather must be very warm, and continue so many days before the river can open. There is no probability of it for some time. If it opens in season, I shall send some grass seeds. I will not suffer the bushes I have cut down to grow again ; but I shall not attend much to my farm. My whole time and thoughts must be devoted to the public.
I think of you and dream of you and long to be with you. But I suppose this must not be yet. My duty and love to all.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841