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Abigail Adams writes a friendly letter to Thomas Jefferson, February 11, 1786

Abigail Adams writes a friendly letter to Thomas Jefferson, February 11, 1786

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Regrets that Colonel Humphries will be leaving Monday because her admiration for him and their friendship has grown over his stay. She believes that the two American Secretaries of Legation are worthy of more distinguished stations because "in Europe every being is estimated, and every country valued in proportion to their show & splendor." Expresses her wish to return to America and a private life. "I am really surfeited with Europe, and most heartily long for the rural cottage, the purer & honester manners of my native land." Begins discussing the appointment of a minister and states that Mr. Temple has been coldly received. Asks Jefferson to send her some items including fabric and lace. Below her signature is a John Adams autograph shopping list for four pairs of fashionable shoes, possibly for Abigail Adams. Recipient inferred due to content and because Adams gives love to Miss Jefferson.
Regrets that Colonel Humphries will be leaving Monday because her admiration for him and their friendship has grown over his stay. She believes that the two American Secretaries of Legation are worthy of more distinguished stations because "in Europe every being is estimated, and every country valued in proportion to their show & splendor." Expresses her wish to return to America and a private life. "I am really surfeited with Europe, and most heartily long for the rural cottage, the purer & honester manners of my native land." Begins discussing the appointment of a minister and states that Mr. Temple has been coldly received. Asks Jefferson to send her some items including fabric and lace. Below her signature is a John Adams autograph shopping list for four pairs of fashionable shoes, possibly for Abigail Adams. Recipient inferred due to content and because Adams gives love to Miss Jefferson.

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Abigail Adams to Thomas Jefferson
London, England, 11 February 1786.Autograph letter signed, 2 pages.London Grosvenor Square Feby 11Col. Humphries talks of leaving us on monday it is with regret I assure you Sir that we part with him, his visit here has given us an opportunity of becomeing more acquainted with hisreal worth & merit, and our friendship for him has risen in proportion to our intimacy. The twoAmerican Secretaries of Legation would do honour to their Country placed in more distinguishdStations. Yet these missions abroad circumscribed as they are, in point of expences, place theministers of the United States in the lowest point of view, of any Envoy from any other Court,and in Europe every Being is estimated, and every country valued in proportion to their shew &splendor.in a private Station I have not a wish for expensive living, but whatever my Fair Countrywomen may think, and I hear they carry my situation. I will most joyfully exchange Europe for America, & my publick for a private Life I am really surfeited with Europe, and most Heartilylong for the mural cottage, the purer & honester manners of my native Land, where domestick happiness reigns unrivalled, & virtue and honor go hand in hand. I hope one season more willgive us an opportunity of making our escape. at present we are in the situation of Stems’sStarling.Congress have by the last Dispatches informd this Court that they expect them to appointa Minister. it is said (not officially), that mr Temple is coldly received. that not an Englishmanhas visited him, & the Americans are not very social with him. but as Col Humphries [
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] will beable to give you every intelligence, there can be no occasion for my adding any thing further,than to acquaint you that I have endeavourd to execute your commission agreeable to your directions. inclosed you will find the memorandum. I purchased a small trunk which I think youwill find usefull to you, to put the shirts in as they will not be liable to get mold on the journey if the balance should prove in my favour, I will request you to send me 4 Ells of Cambriche atabout 14 Liv. per Ell or 15. a pr of black Lace Lappets. these [
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