Abigail Adams to Richard Rush
Quincy, Massachusetts, 5 December 1816.Autograph letter signed
, 2 pages + address leaf, docket.
Quincy December 5
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 –
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