Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to William Smith, 1798

[ca. 1798]

Dear Sir.

Mr Adams has some property in his Brother Charles’s Hands at N York. he wrote me in one of his late Letters that he Should direct dr Welch to draw for it and purchase him a free hold estate in Boston. whether he has given him power so to do I know not. I have written to Charles for information and desired him not to let it go if he could avoid it untill he received his Brother’s orders again. I have not yet had any answer. I did propose to mr J Q Adams last fall that he should place his pecuniary affairs in the Hands of dr Tufts. So many persons were crumbling round us, and the State of publick affairs wore so problamatical an appearence that I felt affraid of every person engaged in Buisness—

When I hear from Mr. Charles Adams I will write you further

Affectionatly / Your Friend

A Adams

mr & mrs otis and Family are well

I Sent a box in April by the Sally & Polly Captain Bradford addrest to you, for cousin B Smith. it is a small square Box coverd with canvass. I cannot hear of it. I Sent mrs Cranch the Bill of laden with a request that She would send it to you. I hope it is not lost I understand the vessel is gone to the Eastward. will you be so good as to make inquiry for it—

MHi: Smith-Carter Family Papers.

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