Adams Papers

To John Adams from Oliver Ellsworth, 18 September 1799

Hartford Sepr. 18. 1799—


If the present convulsion in France, and the sumptoms of a greater change at hand, should induce you, as many seem to expect, to postpone for a short time, the mission to that country, I wish for the earliest notice of it. The Circuit Court <here> in this State and Vermont, fell thro’ last spring from the indisposition of Judge Chase, and must now fall thro’ again from the indisposition of Judge Cushing, unless I attend them. I am begining the Court here, and should proceed on to Vermont, if I was sure of not being called on in the mean time to embark—It is, Sir, my duty to obey, not advise, I do not therefore, offer my own opinion, and have only to hope that you will not disapprove of the method I take to learn the spediest intimation of yours.—

I have the honor to be, / Sir, / with the highest respect, / your obedient humble servant

Oliver Ellsworth

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