Adams Papers

From William Smith to John Quincy Adams, 31 July 1798

Boston. 31st. July. 1798.

Dear Sr.

This I hope will be handed you by Mr. Thomas Welsh Junr. who goes passenger in a Ship from Newbury Port for [. . .]—I presume before this you are acquainted with the intention of his No. If not the inclos’d Letters will inform you.—the papers &c. that Mr. W. takes with him will give you the <[. . .]>, state of the country at this time the change in politics within a few Months has been great indeed, many violent partizans of the French, are now as zealous for the defence of their country, as they were once violently oppos’d to it. In our domestic circle within a few months we have lost a number of near relatives & intimate Friends, in the Mo. of April. we lost our much belov’d pastor Dr. Clerke. the next week Mrs. Smith’s Father Mr. Carter. the next week, our dear little Mary Carter aged 7 years—since then the Town has lost a valuable member of Society in D. Belknap. The University it is expected will soon loose their worthy President Willard.—Mr. Welsh can give you much information respecting the local concerns of this place—

Mrs. S. joins me in Affectionate Regards / to you Mrs. Adams & your Brother.


Wm. Smith

Cap. Jenkins with whom Mr. W. goes passenger is of a very respectable family in Newbury Port. if he shou’d visit Berlin I wou’d thank you for any services you can render him— WS—

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