Adams Papers

From William Smith to Abigail Smith Adams, 29 June 1798

Boston. 29th. June. 1798.

Dear Madam.

Your barrels & Trunk, for which you inclos’d me a Bill of Loading some days since arriv’d safe Yesterday.—I hope the business of Congress will permit you soon to leave Philaa. before the extreme hot weather comes on.—Our House of Rep. Yesterday pass’d a Resolution Unanimously, to instruct our Sen. & Rep. in Congress to propose an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, excluding all but Native Citizens & those who were here, at the declaration of Independence, from being eligible as Pres. Vice Pres. Senator or Rep. in Congress. I wish such <after> an Amendment Might be propos’d to the several States. This Session, most of the Legislatures will meet in the Fall & if it meets the approbation of 2/3d. it might the next Session of Congress be adopted.—

We have placed at the disposal of the Governors, $50,000. in case of any emergency <for> before the next session of the Genl. Court. This with $50.000 appropriated for Military Stores, &c will put us in a more respectable state than for some Years past.—

An Amendment was propos’d by the Member from Cambridge on the Resolu. I have mention’d to “exclude all those Americans who were in Arms & Joind the British.” This proposal recd but one Vote besides his own. The Question was taken by Yeas & Nays, before it was taken this Genn & a few others slipt out of the House, and did not leave a single Nay.—

Mrs. S. & our children are well she joins me in Affectionate regards—

Yrs H Servt

Wm Smith.

Boston, tho’ not the first, in proposing to [. . .] Ships, have shown their attachment to the Govt by subscribing $104.000 in 12 hours for this purpose & Deacon Phillips subscribd $10,000. By this post I have forward’d an application from Cap. Eben Kent for a Commiss. in the Provisional Army. he serv’d with reputation the last warr & wishes to be of service in case the Country is in Danger. he is Brother to Mrs. Evans & Grandson of our Aunt Kent. he will make a faithful, good Officer.—

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