Hamburg 15 October 1798.
My dear Sir.
I left Berlin the 30th: ulto., and made rather a circuitous journey to this place, where I arrived the 10th: instt: and whence I purpose to embark for the United States in a very few days; most probably on board the same vessel that brought Mr: Welsh & which is bound to Newbury port—There are divers vessels going out to other ports, but except that by which this letter goes, none will probably be so soon ready for sea as the America Captn Jenkins—a small armed vessel, a new ship & fast sailer—There are other & more comfortable vessels but I prefer not to wait for them. If we should be off so soon as is calculated I hope to meet you before the 1st: of January 99.
My Brother & Sister were well when I left them & very desirous of bearing me company home. The letters with which I am charged, I shall sink in case of capture.
In the hope that my letter may not long precede me I remain with best love to my mother, Dear Sir, / Your dutiful Son
T. B. Adams
MHi: Smith-Townsend Family Papers.