Adams Papers

From John Adams to William Smith, 27 May 1789

Newyork May 27th 1789

Dear Sir—

I have received your obliging Letter of the 19th. A drawback on Rum exported is admitted by the House, and I believe will not be taken off by the Senate. The duty on Molalses will be reduced to 4 Cents and I hope to three. Your Reasoning appears to be very just and I think will prevail. The jealousies Distilleries and Breweries are natural and cannot be wholly prevented: but I hope they will not mislead us. The Subject has been argued in the Senate with great Candour and Moderation, and with a single eye to the public good. The result I hope will give satisfaction. Apologies are so far from being necessary that I shall be much obliged to you for any information on the Subject. My Regards to Mrs. Smith and Miss Betsey—Mrs. Adams I hope to see in New York in ten or fifteen days at farthest. Mrs. Washington arrived this day. I am with much Esteem Dear Sir / Yr Friend and humble Servant

J Adams

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