Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Jeremy Belknap, 21 June 1798

[post 21 June 1798]

dear Sir

Your obliging favour I received upon the 21. You will please to accept my thanks for your kind attention

In Replie to your Question respecting Genll Eustice, I am informd that he is a native of the State of N york. he served in our Army during the American Revolution, and was Aid de Camp to Genll Charles Lee. being a young man of enterprize after the peace he went to France & procured a commission in the French Army & was with Demoeuries at the Battle of Gemmaps. upon Hearing of the presidents proclamation of Nutrality, he resignd his commission in the French Service & went into Holland with a design to embark for America. he was there suspected & taken up & his papers seazed & he confined. this was his situation when my Son arrived in Holland. he applied to him to claim him as an American citizen he was accordingly released. <where he has been> he then went France, and I have not heard any more of him untill I learnt that he had been again taken up in Holland as a suspected person—no Evidence appearing against him—he was orderd <to quit> however to quit Batavia <which he> He then Embarked for Ameria, I understand that mr murrey writes of him to his friends that he is a man of much general information & tallents! I think he may be classed in the list of Adventures. I understand that he is now in this City—I have not seen him—

The president never owned Thurloes State papers. otherways they would be much at your service. in Replie to your other Questions, the president says the convoy will depend upon circumstances. when our vessels are ready if the merchants apply for convoy to any particular destination, he presumes it will be granted. It is much to be regreted, that we are at this Hour so defencless if Congress had during the extra sessions attended to the recommendations of the president respecting defence many millions of dollers might have been saved to the Citizens of the united States, and it is Genll Marshals opinion the best Negotiater We could have employd

our friend mr Gerry has been engaged in works of supererogation. Genll Marshal has done his duty—and deserved well of his Country Genll Pinckney may see cause to lament that he did not at all hazards embark with Genll Marshal it is more than probable that both of the Gentlemen will get entrapt,—I hope however it may be otherways

Respectfully your friend & / Humble servant


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