Adams Papers

From William Smith Shaw to Abigail Smith Adams, 5 February 1799

Philadelphia Feb 5th. [17]99 Tuesday morn.

Saturday I was made very happy by the receipt of your letter of the 25th of January. I wish I could send you Guillotina but having not been published in any of the newspapers beside the “Connecticut Courant” I dont think it will be in my power to send it you. My cold is much better but the weather changes so often here, as soon as I get little better, I renew it.—

The inclosed arreté of the French directory unauthorised by the laws of God & of nations has been, as it ought to be, read with indignation by every honest American. I am told a bill is to be brought forward in the Senate authorising our government to hang a Frenchman for every American thus taken and prosecuted.

There have been lately several liberty polls erected in the counties round the city. A number <when> of men went & pulled them down—they have been prosecuted & are bound over for cognizance for a greater sum of money than those <who> are who erected it.

Baldwin the Rep from Georgia is chosen Senator in the room of Mr. Tatnall whose time is out. Nicholas of Virginia has repented and sets himself up again as a candidate for Rep. to congress

Lyon is, I am told to be here the 22d of this month. There has been a subscription in circulation to pay his fine—six or eight hundred dollars were subscribed in this city. All the minority in congress subscribed more or less. In New York there was considerable collected.

Mrs Cushing desires to be affectionately remembered to you—says she wishes you would write to her—she has written you two and has not received an answer to either.

In very great haste / I am your

Wm S S—

Very cold to day

With this I send you the newspapers—a letter from Mrs Dalton to you—one from Mrs Brisler to L & one for Mr T Adams to whom please to kindly remember me.

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