John Adams letter to Abigail Adams, 28 November 1798


Philadelphia, 28 November, 1798.


I HAVE received yours of the 18th, and none later. Your company here is much desired by every body, but by none so much as me. My occupation in business is so incessant that I could have little time to pass with you, but that little every day would be precious and invaluable. You express a willingness to come on ; but the thought of attempting it without consulting your friends and physicians distresses and terrifies me lest it should prove fatal to a life that is dear to me beyond all expression. If, however, your physicians are of opinion that you can come on by easy journeys, in any way you can think of, your arrival here will be an inexpressible satisfaction to me. But if you attempt to come without a fixed resolution to take care of your health and renounce those fatigues of public places, drawing rooms, great dinners, &c., I am very apprehensive that this winter will be your last. A constitution so wrecked and exhausted as yours has been by a three months confinement, may be easily overset

We are all well and every thing goes on very well. We had the ministry and general officers to dine on Monday, and all agreeable.

I am, with tenderness inexpressible, ever yours,

J. A.

John Adams

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