Berlin 16 September 1798.
My dear Sir
I wrote you on the 9th: instt: a letter, which I gave to a friend of mine, going to Hamburg the next day. He has probably forgotten to deliver it and as it contained a request for you to take passage for me on board the Elizabeth Letter of Marque, provided you approved her accommodations, I take the liberty to repeat the request from an apprehension that the first has failed. I wish to ascertain as near as possible the expected time of her departure, because I should prefer remaining here rather than at Hamburg until the vessel is nearly ready for Sea, my own preparations for the voyage requiring but a short time. It is perhaps not certain that this vessel will be soon ready & if the probability, be great of her being delayed far into the next month, I should prefer going by another vessel, if any should be sooner ready.
Whenever you take my passage, be so good as to be particular & precise in making the terms with the Captain, both as to provision & accommodations, leaving as little understood as possible—former experience makes me Suggest this precaution as advisable. I hope not to be delayed beyond the 1st: week in October.
You have doubtless seen the young man, arrived a few days Since, who comes on to take my place here with my brother. He is a distant relation of our family & has just graduated at Cambridge university. I am happy that my brother will not by my departure, be left alone—the drudgery of a foreign Ministers office added to the regular employment of it, is too much for a single arm.
In the hope of a Speedy answer I am dear Sir / your friend & hble Servt:
Thomas B. Adams
OCHP: Pitcairn Papers.