Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to Joseph Pitcairn, 20 July 1798

Berlin 20th: July 1798

Dear Sir

Your’s of the 16th: with an enclosure for my brother came to hand last night. We hear also from New York that the Livingston faction is numerous, powerful & perhaps the prevailing one in the late elections, both for the State & Congress. How is this? It is idle to talk of patriotism & federalism with such facts as these before us—It is even doubted whether Mr: Jay is re-elected. Seven opposition men returned for Congress out of ten—O God! This will lead us very shortly to the family vault.

Is the Ocean Captn: Coffyn armed for defences, and does she take her India Cargo with her? Will the Captn: take passengers, and if so on what terms? What is the latest probable period of sailing and for what port destined. Your answer to these questions will oblige me.

The sending in of a french privateer by one of the frigates is news to us, and very pleasant. I am gaping continually for more of the same kind—but I rather regret that they are not sunk at once. I have no bowels of mercy for pirates.

I know of no business which a prince of this family could have with you, nor did I know of there being one, where you are. It has been reported here that Prince Henry of Prussia is dead—He had been extremely ill, and the story of his death is not confirmed.

With esteem, I am dear Sir your’s

Thomas B. Adams

OCHP: Pitcairn Papers.

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