Adams Papers

To John Adams from William Stephens Smith, 20 December 1798

East Chester Decr. 20th. 1798

Most respected Sir

I have been this day Honoured with your very obliging Letter of the 17th. when I had about half finished the enclosed Letter to the secretary at War in answer to the one alluded to in yours—

It gives me pain to learn, that I have from Circumstances inherent in my nature been the cause of anxiety to you. If it were in my power to correct them, I would readily do it, but the fault is in my stars not in me,— After perusing the letter, if necessary it may be sealed & sent to the War office. I hope the contents will be satisfactory—

Mrs. Smith Joins me in expressions of respect & affection—

I have the Honor to be with the Highest Esteem / Your most Obedt. / Humble servt.

W: S: Smith

Caroline is well and asleep—

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