|My Dear Mrs Otis||Quincy. 1797.|
I received last Evening your kind Letter of Febry 8th. I thank you for your congratulation, and kind wishes
To be the Successor of mrs Washington and to make good her place will be an arduous task. I can only Say that my Sincerest wishes will be joined with my best endeavours to give offence to no one & satisfaction to all.
I have amidst many gloomy reflections, receivd pleasure from the thought of having So near a relative and valuable a Friend near me, whose tender care & kind solisitude I had experienced on the Bed of Sickness and to whom I could communicate my thoughs without that reserve, which my Situation will require.
Your kind offers I may have occasion for, but as yet I know what will be necessary. I woud not wish to make a journey this Spring to return in the heat of the season if mr Adams can dispence with my attendance. I had rather go on in Sepbr, but I shall consult his wishes and convenience all together. I will thank you if you can inform me what Number of domesticks the Presidents Household consisted of, how many female Servants? I can carry four from hence. I should then want a good housekeeper
My Health has been better through the winter than usual I have not been without mementoes of Reumatism Since Febry, came in.
My Regards to mr Otis & Love to miss Harriot
mary from.— / Your affec