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John Adams to Abigail Adams

4 May 1796

My dearest Friend Philadelphia May 4. 1796

If you Set off on Thursday, I can hardly expect you to arrive at New York in Six days.

I had determined to Send my Horses for you to Paulus Hook—but my Coachman was taken Sick two days ago with a bilious Cholic, and tho better is utterly unable to go. . . .You must come on there with your hired Horses—If I could know when you would be at Bristol, I would meet you if I could.

Inclosed 150 dollars for Brisler as you desired. We are endeavouring to prepare for You as well as we can—But the Article of Expence is so astonishing that I find myself more pinched, than even a Starved Vice President, [...], Adieu

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