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Abigail Adams to William Smith

21 Apr. 1797

Dear Sir Quincy April 21 1797

The Death of my Mother which took place this afternoon very Suddenly, will prevent my sitting out on my journey as I had intended on twesday. we propose to burry her on Monday, I do not think I can get away untill thursday. I shall therefore omit sending Beckey untill fryday. I would wish two places engaged in the Stage as I have an other Girl to go with her, and Should like to have them under the care of Some person who would take charge of them, I should be glad of the portmantua if you should not want it, you will be here on Wedensday Evening if you please, unless I Should be again detaind by the death of Mary Smith which is more than probable as She has not been able to be raised from her Bed for three days—Inclosed is the pattern which I Should have sent to Cousin Betsy. I am dear Sir your affectionate

Abigail Adams

(MHi: Smith-Carter Papers).
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