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President's House, Washington city,
MY DEAREST FRIEND.
WE arrived here last night, or rather yesterday, at one o clock, and here we dined and slept. The building is in a state to be habitable, and now we wish for your company. The account you give of the melancholy state of our dear brother Mr. Cranch and his family, is really distressing, and must severely afflict you. I most cordially sympathize with you and them.
I have seen only Mr. Marshall and Mr. Stoddert, General Wilkinson and the two commissioners, Mr. Scott and Mr. Thornton. I shall say nothing of public affairs. I am very glad you consented to come on, for you would have been more anxious at Quincy than here, and I, to all my other solicitudines mordaces, as Horace calls them, i. e., " biting cares," should have added a great deal on your account. Besides, it is fit and proper that you and I should re tire together, and not one before the other. Before I end my letter, I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and on all that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but honest and wise men ever rule under this roof ! I shall not attempt a description of it. You will form the best idea of it from inspection. Mr. Briesler is very anxious for the arrival of the man and women, and I am much more so for that of the ladies. I am, with unabated confidence and affection, your
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841