Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to William Cranch, 30 July 1799

Philadelphia 30th: July 99

Dear William

Your two last favors have reached me in course, and I am happy to find that the suggestion I made was, acceptable to you. I shall of course mention the matter to such of the Judges as I know and probably in the course of a few days, should the Supreme Court be held in the City as usual. A direct application on your part to Judge Cushing, would not be amiss, and I have little doubt but you will obtain the appointment without difficulty—The emoluments are but ten dollars per day during the Session of the Court—a very trifling affair, but sufficient to compensate the labor of the Office, which is very little.

I think you were rather unlucky in the result of your Attachments, though not more so than I expected—I had prepared Mr: Smith for the event, by informing him that the business seemed to me to be desperate—Duvall, I think, was wrong on both points wherein he differed from Chase.

I came to the City this morning on business, but go out again to night—It is dreadfully hot and vast numbers of the inhabitants have left town, though the fever has not yet made any very alarming progress—The next month will give it us in perfection, I intend to absent myself at least two months though I may not quit the vicinity.

A letter from my brother at Berlin, says (on the 7th. May) that the french Ministers got their deaths by an attempt to pass the military Austrian fore post, by force— He says nothing of the effect it produced at Berlin; indeed the fact was at the date of his letter, very recent.—I lament the catastrophe, but cannot impute it to premeditated design on the part of the Austrian Govt: The Arch Dukes letter to Massena, promises all the reparation that nations can give in similar cases, but I firmly believe if the truth were known, the soldiers who killed them knew not whom they were, notwithstanding John De Brie says they were called on by name before they were attacked with violence. The outrage upon a sacred public character is to be regretted, had they been three simple individual frenchmen called Bonnier Roberjot & Jean de Brie, I should have been much obliged to the Hussars of —— for ridding the world of them. John de Brie was the originator of the motion in the Natl: Assembly in the time of Roberspierre, for giving no quarter to Austrians & English—

Upon the subject of the vacancy likely to take place in the board of City Commissioners, it would give me pleasure to see a gentleman of Mr: G——s talents, activity, & intelligence, associated in that body, but I cannot predict what success will attend your application in his behalf—I have never varied from a resolution I once made, never to say any thing on the subject of appointments at head quarters.

My brother’s wife has made another slip, but I think it is not worth while to tell the family, until they [hear] from her—she had recovered when my brother [wrote].

Present me kindly to your wife & the Johnson family & to Mr: G—if he is with you:

I am with the greatest truth / your friend

T. B. Adams

OCHP: William Cranch Papers.

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