Abigail Adams to Catherine Smith
Quincy, Massachusetts, 14 April 1815.Autograph letter signed,
1 page + address leaf.
Quincy April 141815 My Dear GrandaughterI will not let my dear boys leave me without taking a few lines to you,my Heart and hands have been full, the parting with the Children, I felt as aweight upon my Heart. Added to this, I am called to weep over a dearbeloved, only sister, suddenly taken from the world; without one sad adieu toa fond doating husband, a darling daughter; and beloved son. You did not know her, but your husband has experienced with manyothers, her maternal, tenderness her watchfull care, her parental advice – hewill mourn her loss. You must excuse this mournfull strain – I could not have written youat all, if I could not have poured out my griefs. Alas old wounds are openedanew.I thanksyou my dear Kitty for your Letter, and I long to see my greatgranddaughter, whom I learn you have named for my dear Caroline – There is but one other name I could have wished her to have borne, notbecause it my own, but that of one, whose memory is very, very dear tomeI find from high Authority that Mr Smith will have it at his option to goto England as Secretary of Legation, or return to America – I am notcompetent to Judge what is best for him, he knows best, I presume – I shallrejoice to hear that you are once more a collected family –
I forward you some Letters from your Friends at Washington, and shall always rejoice tohear of your Welfare. With Love to Mr Smith & subscribe your affectionate G M A Adams
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