Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 3

Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 3

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Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 3

Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 3

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TO RUFUS KING

QUINCY, 13 October, 1801.

DEAR SIR:

We landed at Philadelphia the 4th of last month, after a tedious though not unpleasant passage of fifty-eight days from Hamburg. My wife with her child went on to her father's family at Washington, and I came here. The day after tomorrow I purpose setting out to go and bring her home. In the course of a month I hope to be here again, and shall immediately resume the practice of the law, and fix my residence in Boston.

The appearance of our country has very much improved since I left it in 1794. I find everywhere the marks of peace within our walls, and prosperity within our palaces -- for palaces they may truly be called, those splendid and costly mansions which since my departure seem to have shot up from the earth by enchantment.

The pleasure of these prospects is in some measure damped by that of the afflictions from which we are not yet exempted. Several of our large towns, New York, Norfolk, Charleston, S. C., and some others are bleeding again under the scourge of pestilential fevers. But as they did not appear until a much later than the usual period, and as the cold season is rapidly approaching, we hope for speedy relief from this distressing calamity.

Upon the subject of our politics I know not how far it may . . .

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