Adams Papers

John Adams to Samuel Partridge, 25 May 1786

May 25th. 1786.


I yesterday received yours of the 6th. of April & have scarcely time to advise you, before the sailing of Capt. Bigelow that I have received from Congress the papers relative to the Goods taken by order of General Howe—I feel for you & your fellow sufferers whose case is as hard and unjust as can well be conceived: but as my orders are discretionary as to the time of applying I am much embarrassed—I am not to apply without a prospect of success: Now so far from having any prospect of success, I am certain of having none, in short I was never in my Life in a situation so discouraging as at present, Knowing that many thousands of my friends & fellow Citizens are looking to me for relief from distresses of various Kinds and at the same time seeing & feeling that I have it not in my power, to afford them the least—whatever may be practicable, with my feeble <powers> forces, you may depend upon shall be done!

but it would be cruel to deceive you with false hopes and I assure you I have myself no real ones—My Countrymen have not yet any adequate Idea, how general, how universal an unfavourable disposition towards them, is in this Kingdom—I am

J. A—

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