Adams Papers

From William Smith to Abigail Smith Adams, 13 July 1798

Boston. 13th. July. 1798

Dear Madam—

I am happy to hear that you have not suffer’d from the extreme heat of the last week. I wish the warm weather may ripen the measures of Congress—What ought to have been compleated some Months since is now but just bro’t forward. after the Rect. of the first dispatches the treaty shou’d immediately have been revok’d—better late than never. if this measure is not adopted it will hang like a Millstone round our necks—

I mention’d in my last the pleasure it gave every true American to have the Farmer of Mount Vernon at the head of our Army—the other person, H. Wou’d have been the most impolitic, at this time of any one that cou’d be his former rank did not entitle him to it & numbers of old Officers who are now ready to step forward for their Country under their Old Officers wou’d have retir’d.—I hope the Old General will not decline. his services are wanted at this time as much as at any time in the American Warr. None of the persons you mention wou’d have advocated H. being first. We hear to day of the appointment of 4 M. Generals one of them is put as high if not higher than I ever wish to see him.—the appointments at Parkso. are pleasing to every one. those who have eat the Government Bread have abus’d [the b]enefactors long eno’. they we[re] [. . .] [re]mov’d before they deserv’d [it] [. . .]. We have an arrival from Lisbon to 1. June. The dispatches from our Envoys were publish’d in the London papers & recd. at Lisbon. it was said Mr. G. Was order’d to quit France in consequence.—

Yrs. Affecly

Wm. Smith.

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