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John Adams to Abigail Adams

5 May 1796

My Dearest Friend Phil. 5. May 96

As I have obtained Leave of Absence after this day and shall sett out on my return home tomorrow morning, You will not write me after the Receipt of this Letter. I shall get home as fast as possible, Spending a few days with The Children at N. York.

Yesterday was a Day of Universal and perpetual Peace—all the Treaty Bills passed both Houses and good Humour seems to be returning. I wrote our sons this morning by Mr Cooke of Mary land bound to Europe. I have not been on Horse or in Carriage more than once or twice since I arrived here and I dread the Journey: It will however be sweetened by delicious hopes 

J. A

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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