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John Adams to Richard Cranch

25 Mar. 1797

My dear Brother Philadelphia March 25th 1797—

I received yesterday your kind Letter of the 15th and thank you for your wishes that I may be favored with patience, a more judicious wish could not expressed, for Certainly nothing could be more essential,

It is an office of hard labor and severe duty that I am called to sustain and I shall have occasion for all the Incouragement and assistance my friends can give me,

The people have been deceived by artful Crics of Common Cause of Republicanism, Common Cause against Kings &ca. &ca. &ca. untill they are brought into an unpleasant Situation

But I must desist, One of the greatest pleasures I could have in Life would be to Cultivate your Farm—& my own together, But my fate is against it, The office I hold will demand my whole time, so that I must abandon my own Land, and it would be Very neat to buy more I therefore thank you for your \kind/ offer, must Conclude to decline, others want it more and will give more than I Can afford for Land to lie useless, My Love to Sister & all friends, I had a Letter from Your Son a few days ago—all well—

I am my Dear Sir / your affectionate friend & Brother

John Adams

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