Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to William Smith, 26 December 1798

Quincy december 26 1798

Dear Sir

I could not sleep last night. I read in the Mercury that Captain Jenkins in the America arrived at Newbury port last Sunday. you will say I ought to have slept the better to think that he was out of danger. So I should, perhaps if I could have been certain that Thomas was arrived with him in good Health. His last Letter dated the 19 of october, informd us that he had taken his passage on Board the America and hoped to be here by Christmass—I have been very anxious for him ever Since I found he was comeing upon this coast in the Winter, but I hope my fears may now subside. if he is arrived, I suppose he will stay a few days at Newbury port to take Charge of his baggage; and the reason of my not hearing from him may be oweing to his Supposing me at Philadelphia—if you can give me any information you will much oblige me—

Mr C Storer was here on Saturday he askd me if you had written me any thing concerning Mr Adams’s Shares in the Cannals. I replied no. Charlot welch was present, and nothing further was said. I have been anxious for mr Adams’s affairs and have twice written to dr Welch upon the Subject, but never got any answer. The last time I mentiond the Cannal Shares to him and wrote him that I wisht to know the State of them, and if any money was required. I desird him to inform dr Tufts and deliver into his Hands mr Adams’s papers—I got no answer. If Thomas is arrived he will probably bring instructions, for I have written <him> mr Adams as far as I could learn the Situation of his affairs. He lived with much prudence in order to Save a little property and to lodge it in America. he transmitted more than two years ago 4000 dollors to a Friend to be invested in real estate, with a power to draw for two thousand more—the last 2 thousand was fortunately not drawn for. the first Sum I consider as Sunk—and in what Situation his property is that he left in the case of the dr. may easily be conceived. His House remains and I hope his Cannal Shares—if you see Thomas, you will be so good as to give him all the information you have—

I thank you Sir for your kind present and am with Sentiments of affectionate Regard / Your Friend

A Adams

DLC: Smith-Townsend Family Papers.

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