|my Dearest Friend||Quincy March 6th 1797|
Since I wrote you by the last post I have received yours of 16 & 20th, which answers some of my questions respecting our domestick affairs. I have just written to Brisler, who by what I can find by her, seems to be balancing in his own mind what to do? he is as necessary to our Household, as a Vice President to the Senate. I do not know what ought to be given him. nor do I know what are the common wages of domesticks there, I presume not higher than they ask here, for they are very extravagant, I cannot Say to you any thing with respect to arrangments, as I do not learn what has been done,
This day we have a Hurricane of a wind and as cold as Jan,ry Boston has sufferd by fire twice within a fortnight, 3 Roap walks and 3 or four dwelling houses were burnt when I was in Town, and on Sunday morning the Barns and stables of Deacon Phillips with a dwelling House, in which mr Turner the dancing master lived were consumed,
I received with your last Letters one from mrs Washington, and the one to you, from the President which I value very highly as a testimony to the worth and services of our dean son, from him whom I cannot Suspect of flattery,
When you write to me, or to others omit the word Free and only put J Adams. this was the custom of the president, and do not leave any of my Letters in the way of your Secretary,
I have written our Sons by way of England are there any Letters from them?