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    Abigail Adams 1811 Autograph Letter Signed Writing of the Declining Health of Her Sister, Mary Cranch: "I fear to flatter myself with the prospect of her recovery...". One page of watermarked linen paper, written on the recto and verso, 7" x 9.75", Quincy [Massachusetts], July 31, 1811. An intimate letter to an unknown friend reporting on the declining state of her sister's health and seeking her friend's help in securing a position at sea for a friend's son. The letter reads in part:

    "You expressed a wish my dear friend when I left your hospitable mansion to hear from me and to learn how my dear sister is. I found her not worse than when I left her, but her disorder is of such a nature and her constitution so worn down by her long illness that I fear to flatter myself with the prospect of her recovery. You know, for you have experienced the hopes and fears which agitate the bosom when a beloved friends life hangs as if were upon a spiders thread. To our heavenly Father I commit her and pray for submission to his will." [She died October 17, 1811]. Later, Abigail writes of the son of an acquaintance who desired to go to sea: "You recollect my mentioning to you a son of Mr. Nortens whom I should advise to go to sea. Upon my speaking to my sister she said he was very desirous of it and of going on an East India voyage. I mentioned to her that your son had lately returned from Canton and that I understood your sister, the ship was preparing for another voyage and that Mr. Bowers would have command. She requested me to write to you and inquire if Mr. Bowers would be willing to take Edward in any capacity he should be found fit for. He is in his sixteenth year, writes a handsome hand and is ready at arithmetic [sic] and will immediately apply himself to the study of navigation...".

    The letter remains in remarkable condition with only some toning and the usual old fold creases, and some slight bleed through which doesn't affect the legibility of the text. It is in very good condition and is accompanied by an engraved portrait of Abigail after an original painting by Gilbert Stuart and published by the Johnson, Wilson & Company, New York. The engraving measures 8" x 11" overall. From the Judith Kaplan Women's History Collection.


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