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Abigail Adams to John Adams

7 Jan. 1797

My Dearest Friend Quincy Janry 7 1797

I received Yours of 22 Decbr by the Post of the 4 of this Month containing a post Note. Genll Lincoln left here the week before, I inquired of him if I could take up the Note in his absence. he told me it was in the office with his Principle Clerk, mr Smith dinned with me on thursday and I gave him the Note with a request that he would transact the buisness for me. to Day I expect to receive the Note and that the Buisness will be done.

Yours of 27th came to Hand at the Same time I have not Said or written any thing upon a Subject which will necessarily give trouble to some one. I shall \have/ my Share in making arrangements at Home, but all those Matter I shall defer untill the declaration is made,

I am glad to find mrs [. . . ] is like to be a reasonable Woman. She certainly might be one of the first, but there are Some licences which she has taken so repugnant to my Ideas of Chast Decorum, that I shall never place her in the list of Roman Matrons, nor can she ever be an intimate of mine,

Poor Billings is off again ever since thursday I have not seen him since. gone upon an arbitration about his place. the Man has dyed insolvent. He is like to lose Money by him—

I shall write again by the next post. I am now in much haste

Yours affectionatly

Abigail Adams

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