Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 21 July 1798

Philadelphia July 21. 1798

Dear Thomas

Agreeable to your request and my own inclination I have sent out a person to your releif Thomas Welch has determined to accept the offer made him and embark for Hamburgh. There is some Hazard now in crossing the ocean. I have inclosed to you, your Friend Quincy’s oration deliverd upon the 4 of July. it is a very handsome performance and does honor to him. I hope it will bring him forward into political Life. I wrote you the loss he sustaind in the death of his mother in the winter past. he is hapily married to a very accomplishd and deserving woman—

you will learn from various ways the State of your Country and feel anxious to return & take an active part in her Service. we are approaching to times when we may find it necessary for <every> all citizens to exert themselves to secure the freedom and Liberties of the Country.

The News papers will give you more particulars than I can relate. Congress are just up after a Session of more than 8 months some of which were spent <in> not in gathering Lawrells. It has however been a Session of Buisness 90 Acts having been past, some of their last deed may be ranked amongst their best, an Alien Bill a Sedition Bill and a Bill making our Treaties & convention with France void are amongst the Number.

you <will> would be surprized to find what a martial spirit is raised in this city, the volunteers make a very respectable appearence, the Grenadeers a stately one & the Horse are admirable. They were daily traind untill the military movement were acquird. they now excercise twice a week. All the Young Men of Family and Wealth go into the Ranks with their fellow citizens, <[. . .]> Mackpherson will soon have a compleat legion in this city. the Quaker young men have joind with the volunteers as the only way to prevent War, their Scruples being satisfied in this way.

whilst this city <have become> & State have become federal and active, N york is in a state of total apathy and langour their late Elections to Congress <have> are Six out of ten antifederal—and it appears as tho they meant to invite an Enemy. It is wholy unacountable that a State so important, so much to hazard, should manifest such marks of inactivity and Stupidity. The govr at the Close of the last Session just before the Election came on, declared his dissatisfaction to be so great as to tempt him to resign his Station, he was however elected, and by a much larger majority than before I hope N. york will rouse to a sense of its danger—

I have written you lately and have not had for a long time any Letters from you or your Brother / Feeling much out of Spirits I close / your affectionate


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