Adams Papers

From William Smith Shaw to John Quincy Adams, 15 October 1799

Trenton Oct 15th 1799

Dear Sir

The Secretary of State has just informed the President, that he was writeing to you and would be happy in incloseing any letters from him. The Presidents engagements, being such, as not to allow him to improve the present opportunity, desires that I would write you a few lines.

We left Quincy on the 30 Sept. and arrived in this city on the 10th of Oct. By letters from my Aunt of the 6th we learn that she was very well and intended folowing us in conpany with Mr. and Mrs. S. Otis on the 9th.

A subject which interests us at present is the fate of the late election in Pensylvania for Govenor, which was decided last Wednesday. Mr. Pross the Senator for that State and the Chief Justice were the candidates. Great exertions were made by the partizans of both of the Gentlemen. The official returns of but few counties have been given but from report we have reason to fear that McKean will be chosen. Many counties, in which the federalists were very sanguine that Mr. Pross would have very large majorities, have dissapointed us in our expectations by some hundreds of votes. But although we doubt how the election will be finally determined, “spes tamen in dubio est.”

I had the pleasure to receive a letter a few days since, from young T. Johnson from Georgetown, which informed me of his own health and that of the family.

With great respect I have the honor to be Sir, your very grateful and obedient servant

Wm S Shaw

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