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Starter Saloon

If you cannot refrain from drinking, start a saloon in your own home. Be the only customer and you will not have to buy a license. Give your wife $20 to buy a 750ml bottle of whiskey. There are 25 shots in a bottle. Buy all your drinks from your wife at 4 dollars a shot. In three days, when the bottle is gone, your wife will have $80 to put in the bank, and $20 to start in business again. If you live 10 years and continue to buy all your booze from your wife, and then die, your wife will have $97,000 on deposit, enough to bury you respectfully, bring up your children, buy a house, marry a decent guy, and forget that she ever knew you.

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MY DEAR,

I AM very well yet. Write to me as often as you can, and send your letters to the office in Boston, or to Mr. Crunch's, whence they will be sent by the first conveyance.

I am anxious to know how you can live without government But the experiment must be tried. The evils will not be found so dreadful as you apprehend them. Frugality, my dear, frugality, economy, parsimony, must be our refuge. I hope the ladies are every day diminishing their ornaments, and the gentlemen too. Let us eat potatoes, and drink water. Let us wear canvass, and undressed sheepskins, rather than submit to the unrighteous, and ignominious domination that is prepared for us.

Tell Brackett I shall make him leave off drinking rum. We can't let him fight yet. My love to my dear ones.

Adieu.

JOHN ADAMS.

John Adams To Abigail Adams (1774)