Kaminski, John P. / Abigail Adams: an American heroine
Eight months in France, pp. 81-87
 instantly recognize her son, "but I might have set with him for some time without knowing him." She anxiously awaited their departure. "The sooner we meet the more agreeable it will be to me, for I cannot patiently bear any circumstance which detains me from the most desirable object in my estimation that hope has in store for me."'16 Two days later, John wrote telling Abigail that his plans had changed. "Stay where you are, and amuse yourself, by seeing what you can, untill you see me. I will be with you in Eight Days at farthest, and sooner, if possible.'97 A week later, on August 7, John and Abigail were reunited in London. Neither one wrote their feelings on paper. Five months later, however, Abigail sent her travel "journal uncooth as I know it was" to her sister to share with friends. "You will chide me I suppose for not relating to you" the events of her meeting with John. "But you know my dear sister, that poets and painters wisely draw a veil over those Scenes which surpass the pen of the one and the pencil of the other. We were indeed a very very happy family once more met together after a Seperation of 4 years."'98 EIGHT MONTHS IN FRANCE The day after John arrived in London, the family, riding in their second-hand carriage, left for Dover. The two servants rode in a post chaise. The crossing to Calais took twelve hours, but once across the narrow channel, the countryside totally changed. The family rented a "large commodious, and agree- ably situated" house that had been constructed fourteen years earlier by an eccentric and extravagant count who had recently married a wealthy, young widow. Located in the village of Auteuil, four miles from Paris and one mile from Passy (where Benjamin Franklin lived), the third floor of the house had been allowed to deteriorate, but the 196. AA to JA, London, July 30, 1784, BAJ, 396. 197. JA to AA, The Hague, August I, 1784, BAJ 397. 198. AA to Mary Cranch, Auteuil, December II, 1784, AFC, VI, i8.
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