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John Adams to Abigail Adams

14 Dec. 1796

My Dearest Friend Philadelphia Decr. 14. 1796

The Accounts We have of Fires in Georgia & New york are not much more distressing than those We hear of the Miseries brought upon Numbers by Speculation. Mr Morris Mr Greenleaf Mr Wilson and Mr Nicholson and Mr Barclay are the common Topicks of Conversation. How many worthy Families must Suffer with these Sufferers? And where the Conflagration will Stop, I know not and no body pretends to predict.

The Panick which Seiz’d Some People in Philadelphia, at the Sudden Appearance of Mr Adets Note, lasted not long. There are who wish’d it to be more general & durable but they have been disappointed.

I have been told by a Gentleman from Massachusetts that Mr James Winthrop of Cambridge is one of the principal Writers in the Chronicle. I should be Sorry to believe, without Evidence a report So injurious to his Reputation. I wish to know the Truth however. His Father would be grieved if he lived and knew it. His Father, tho a Friend of Liberty & lover of his Country was a wise Man.

We wait for News from Virginia & Mass. to determine the Question of the Election.

I am, tendrement

J.A.

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