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John Adams to Abigail Adams

20 Feb. 1796

My Dearest Friend Philadelphia Feb. 20. 1796

Last year I took french Leave of Philadelphia to go home. This year I have the Mortification to think We are not half Way through the session. I see no Prospect of getting away before the middle of June.

There is nothing new foreign or domestic. Electioneering begins to open her Campaign—The Letter from Jay in the inclosed Pamphlet is called by the southern Gentlemen an Electioneering Letter. The Tracts in the inclosed Paper, are no doubt electioneering Tracts. if Washington continues I suppose Jefferson and Jay may both be set up for Vice President.—if he renounces, they will be sett up for President and Vice President both, and let the Lot come out as it will. The Chief contest will be between these two according to present appearances.

My Mind you know is made up and I am much at my Ease.—I am impatient and distressed while my Mind is in suspence—Once decided I have no longer any Uneasiness.

It cannot be long before We shall have News from Europe. My Mothers relief from her fears respecting her Arm is a great Pleasure to me—I hope to see her in good health in June—have you given her my Barrell of flour.

You have had a fine season for your Wood. I hope you have hoarded enough to last the Year.


J. A

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