Berlin 1 August 1798.
It has given me great pain to be informed by letters from America of the misfortune, which has befallen you, and the unpleasant situation of your affairs. I presume that you have assigned to Mr: Smith the power from me, and that he is informed of the situation of my property in your hands. Not having heard from you upon the subject since July of the last year, I feel anxious to hear again, though I have the fullest conviction that it has been perfectly safe and uninvolved in the unfortunate embarrassment of your own.
Presuming that under the circumstances occurring, you did not use the authority to draw upon Messrs: Willing of Amsterdam on my account, I have countermanded that authority and made a different disposition of the money.
I beg to be kindly remembered to Mrs: Welsh and your young family and remain with invariable regard & esteem, Dear Sir, your sincere friend & very hble Servt:
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.