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Eunice Paine to Abigail Adams

Apr. 1797

my Dear mrs Adams April

From an old friend the Companion of your youthfull days you will allow the familliarity I use—

I was so struck with the intelligence, Mr Belcher left this morning that I am hardly capable of writing but the Spirit constraineth me The dispensations of providence are so visibly kind they have a voice of their own and need not be repeated—

Peace to the Spirits of the departed. They had their Dear freinds around them and all the Love & all the honour that they coud receive was granted go now to thine Dearer half & be to him a Supporter under all his great affairs & I may This benign Spirit guide you, Gaurd you, Strengthen you & perfect all the work which you have taken in hand and in the minds of a Crooked Generation you may Shine to gether as lights in the world.— — — — —

I understand that you Set forward to morrow may Every Element be favourable to you and I ask that you woud tender my Love to your Daughter it is as good as Ever and I would also ask the favour that you woud put the annexed Testimony of [Caistance] to my friend into your trunk and convey it as directd at yr Leizure. My love to Louisa may heaven preserve you all from the [...] of the City you will [...] the penman-Ship this Employ agitates my Nerve but I am better than I have been & may Live to rejoyce in your adminstrations you must think of me as of a good nature’d Spirit who hovers round you & woud if possible convey to you the pleasureable which yr circumstances have allowd you to Shed upon me for all favours may that Being reward you who Supply every want from yours in the Bonds of Love

Eunice Paine

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