Adams Papers

From John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 12 December 1799

Berlin. 12. December. 1799.

Two days ago, I received together your letters of September 9. & 23. Numbers 9 & 10.—I now enclose copies of my letters of 30 May, & 1. July, together with a duplicate of a letter to Messrs: Jennings & Woddrop of Charlestown, which I sent you with the former of them—I still remain indebted to those gentlemen for the six dollars, & must again request you to send them the money—I regret peculiarly that the letter for them should exactly happen to be the one that failed in the conveyance.

I shall give you no more trouble about Mr Bluch’s affair, since you have taken such an antipathy to decyphering German; but as people will address themselves to me to discover all the stray germans in America & I know not with whom else to share the task of tracing them than yourself, I now enclose another note containing more such enquiries.—For your accommodation however you will find it written in french as well as in German.

My letter of 16. July, unless it met the same fate as those of which I now send you copies, must have reached you soon after the date of your last, & with it an order upon the Secy of State, for 1000 Dollars—I wrote you likewise from Töplitz, 17. August; & from Dresden 17. Sepr: as well as once or twice, since my return to Berlin.

Your order upon Messrs: Willinck transferring to me your obligations in their hands extends also to the interest, which accrued upon them last June; but as I have no right to that interest, & meant to take your Obligations at par, you will charge me in account with the amount of the interest— that is with 100 dollars—In this case, and in all others, when I may be indebted to you, you will pay yourself from any monies of mine that you may receive.

I shall not at present give you any news, either political, or domestic; only to tell you that we are all well—I repeat my full approbation of your transactions in my concerns—

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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