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Abigail Adams to Mary Smith Gray Otis

Feb. 1797

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

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