Adams Papers

From William Smith to Abigail Smith Adams, 15 June 1798

Boston. 15th. June. 1798.

Dear Madam

Your favor of the 9th. Inst. I have recd with the Bill of Loading inclos’d. I am sorry to find that Congress will not adjourn ‘till July. The warm weather must make Philaa. very unpleasant, exclusive of many other disagreables in a City the hot-bed of Jacobinism.—We have an arrival this day from Morlaix as late as the 5 May. The expedition to England it is said will not take effect. The troops it is said will be wanted in Germany. The report is that the French Minister has left Vienna in disgust. I hope this is true as it must give a turn to the politicks of many of the European Courts. two of our Envoys have recd their passports to quit Paris—One remains—This account from Paris is to the 25th April. The U.S. Brig must arrive in a few days after. I hope the departure was delay’d long eno’, that the three might receive the dispatches & leave it together. Our Gen. Court have this day Ceded Castle Wm. to the United States. I inclose you the Bill as it past in the Senate, it has met [no] Amendments in the House which no doubt will be concurr’d in. The House has voted $50,000. to purchase warlike Shares &c. for the use of the State—I regret with you that our Frigates are not fit for Sea. The Constitution has I am told 280 Men on board and I expect she will soon be compleated. M. has many Enemies here and I believe in some things is blamed without reason. but if the appointment to the Ship was now to take place I think many others as good might easily be found to take the [. . .]. He has exerted himself and it is said has a good set of men. I wish his 1st. Lt. was here & he had a good Sailing Maker. If the US. accept Castle Wm. I hope Col. Perkins & the other Officers will be provided for equal to their present Rank & great Merits. Col. P. was a valuable Officer in the Continental Army & has been a faithful good Officer to the Commonwealth.—

Mrs. S. joins me in best regards / Yrs.,

Wm. Smith

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