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Abigail Adams writes a letter of introduction for Reverand Coleman to Richard Rush

Abigail Adams writes a letter of introduction for Reverand Coleman to Richard Rush

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A friendly letter of introduction, revealing the intimacy between the Adams and Rush families. Adams was introducing Reverend Coleman, who was going to Washington to carry the presidential electoral votes from Massachusetts and to vacation as well. She believes they will get along well. Quotes William Cowper to describe him. Writes that her husband's hands hurt from the cold and from previous letter writing and that he sends his greetings. In GLC02852, John Adams uses "Colman" instead of "Coleman."
A friendly letter of introduction, revealing the intimacy between the Adams and Rush families. Adams was introducing Reverend Coleman, who was going to Washington to carry the presidential electoral votes from Massachusetts and to vacation as well. She believes they will get along well. Quotes William Cowper to describe him. Writes that her husband's hands hurt from the cold and from previous letter writing and that he sends his greetings. In GLC02852, John Adams uses "Colman" instead of "Coleman."

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09/02/2010

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Abigail Adams to Richard Rush
Quincy, Massachusetts, 5 December 1816.Autograph letter signed
, 2 pages + address leaf, docket.
Quincy December 5
th
1816 Dear SirMy good Friend’s when they are going to make a visit toWashington, wish an introduction to the most Eminent public Charactersthere, and I embrace with pleasure the opportunity of bringing youacquainted with one of our best divines. He is a Gentleman of LiberalSentiments, both in Religion and politicks. Hearing that he designd a journeyto Washington, the Electors, have committed to him, their votes forpresident. not that I think, he is carrying Votes consonant to his ownopinion, but for the opinions of others he is not responsible.I cannot describe this worthyMan so well, as in the words of Cowper, who takes St paul for his model“I would express him simple, grave, sincere“In doctrine incorrupt; in language plain”“And plain in manner, decent solemn Chaste”“Affectionate in looks and tender in address”He was Educated under theRevd Dr
 
Freeman, who has lately visited your city, of whom I doubt not youhave heard. I regretted very much that I did not give him a Letter to youMr Coleman, is settled in a Neighbouring Town, andfrequently exchanges with our Clergyman, who is also an amiable andLiberal Man, Mr Coleman has a very Lovely Lady for his wife. he keeps asmall accademy for the instruction of youth, to the Number of ten, and hehas under his tuition the sons of some of our first Characters in Boston. hisparochial duties and attention to his pupils, is so arduous that he finds itnecessary to take an annual journey to remit his health and Spirits –
The Gilder Lehrman Collection
GLC02515
 
[2] I have a desire he should see Mrs Rush. I think they will be naturallypleased with each other. The hands of your Friends are so much affected with the cold weather,that after writing a Letter or two, to Mr Madison & Monroe – and some for mrSergant to my son. he leaves to me the pleasing occupation of writing to youupon this subject, paying me the compliment, of saying, “it will do as well if you write.I gave a Letter for you to Mr Clarke from whom there hasnot been time,to hear, since his arrival in Washington he is so amiable and worthy a man,that I feel a maternal regard for, and interest in him, and am not a littleobliged to you, for your exertions in his behalf.Make my kind regards acceptable toMrs Rushand Beleive me dear SirEver your FriendAbigailAdams[
address leaf 
]Hon
ble
RichardRush. City of WashingtonRev
ned
MrColeman[
docket 
]Mrs Adams –
The Gilder Lehrman Collection
GLC02515

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