Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to John Quincy Adams, 29 May 1798

Philadelphia May 29th 1798

My dear Son

Inclosed is the Act which I mentiond in my Letter of the 26. It yesterday received the presidents Signature & tho not all it ought to be, it is a Step towards it, and if our Envoys were but out of the French dominions, much more decisive measures would be persued. It really seem’s to us, as if they were infatuated.

Many of our vessels which came out under convoy have safely arrived. The St Albans was seen going into N york on Saturday. She did us the favour to capture a French privateer which has infested our coast for several weeks. a sloop of war Braak said to be one of the dutch vessels taken by Lord Duncan which was the other convoy, just as she arrived at Cape Henlopen was by a sudden flow of wind overset, her boat was alongside & she just about to cast anchor. Captain Drew, his leiutenant & 38 officers and Seamen and mariners were drownd. The rest of the Ships company about 25 escaped in the long boat. This unfortunate accident, is most sincerely lamented; Mr. Bayard and family parted in a gale of wind in April from the Convoy and with three other vessels got in a fortnight ago.

We are waiting with much anxiety for Letters from abroad. every day may bring us News of Great importance. I shall write to you by every opportunity I hear of especially to Hamburgh.

I am as ever your truly affectionate / Mother

A Adams

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