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John Adams to Abigail Adams

7 Feb. 1797

My dearest Friend Philadelphia Feb. 7. 1797

I recd Yesterday together your Letters of the 28. 29. and 30th of January.

It is impossible for me to give any Directions about our affairs at Quincy. I shall be hurried here with Business and Ceremony. I like your Plan to get Mears but fear he will not agree to it.

When you come here I hope you will bring all the Women you want. I would not have any other than N. England Women in the House on any Account. Why cant Becky and Betcy too come here.

But I can determine Nothing, untill the H. of Representatives shall determine—I cannot even receive the Furniture belonging to the Public, without their Act. If I have an House to furnish—I will have no House before next December, if then. I will live at Lodgings at Francis’s Hotel.

The Governors Retirement does him Honour. I wish I could retire too: but it is now too late. I am in the Cage and cant get out as yet.

The Examination is to be tomorrow after which We shall soon see what turn Things are to take.

I am with the tenderest Affection yours / & only yours forever

J.A

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