Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Thomas Welsh, Jr., 4 June 1798

[ca. 4 June 1798]

Dear Sir

I yesterday received a Letter from my Son Thomas in which he repeats his Brothers request that I would look out for some person as a sutable Successor <to himself> to supply to his Brother his place The young Gentleman whom mr Adams desired me to make inquiry about, the Son of Judge Dana, his former patron is engaged in the persuit of merchandize, and I presume would not wish to quit that Buisness, as it was his choice in preference to the Law which his Father was desirious of having him Bred to, I have not therefore thought it expedient to apply to him on the Subject.

Both the President and I have concured in one opinion which is to propose to you to become Thomas’s Successor.

Thomas writes me thus, Let me intreet you to negotiate a Successor to me in my present office. Some good temperd confidential person who will be willing to undertake a voyage across the Atlantic and pass a few years in the capacity in which I have served, To such an one you may say, that the Service is not difficult or laborious, tho unremitting, and that with prudence and oeconomy the appointment annexed to the Service, will enable him to live decently and independantly, the opportunity which it gives of seeing Europe in its various parts is valuable.”

In july next I have a Nephew who will come out of colledgde and who will then be ready to take your place with the President.

My Reason for applying thus early, is that I may inform my Sons, that such a Gentleman as they describe & wish for will be ready to go to them, and this I shall do with the more confidence from a personal knowledge of his disposition and abilities.

If you have any inclination to travel I think this opening cannot but be a pleasing one <so that> if you consent, some time next fall you can Embark for Europe.

You will be so good as to give <me> an answer as soon as you have sufficiently weigh’d the / Subject to your Friend

Abigail Adams

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