Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to Joseph Pitcairn, 18 February 1800

Philadelphia 18th February 1800.

Dear Sir.

I know not whether I have acknowledged the receipt of any letter from you, since your favor of the 18th. September, which I received about two months after its date. Several communications from you have reached me within a short period, viz. The few lines accompanying the two Bills of Lading of the articles procured by my desire and shipped on board the Nancy, which arrived safe at NewYork some weeks ago; Mr. McCormick to whom the bale was addressed has obligingly taken charge of the same & promised to hold it till further order.

The numbers of the very interesting works, called precis des evenemens &ca have reached me to No 7 inclusive—and your letter of December 3d. which is the latest I have from Europe, came to hand three days ago.

For all these marks of your attention & politeness, be pleased to accept my warmest thanks; especially for the execution of the Commission with which I charged you, & for the pamphlets, which have been so punctually transmitted me.

I have presumed, that on the score of expence; whenever the funds in your hands belonging to me are exhausted & I should become your debtor, you would have the goodness to inform me thereof. If I have been wrong in this presumption, I beg you to consider this, as a formal request on my part that this course may be pursued. I can form no precise estimate of the cost of the Articles you shipped at my instance, nor of the other little expences incurred on my account, therefore, I shall trust to your correctness for a Statement of the pecuniary balance between us.

I ought to have acknowledged, if I have hitherto neglected to do so, the receipt of my long missing Great Coat. Mr. Bruth was faithful to his trust, and delivered the garment with a letter for me, shortly after his arrival, at a place, where he had reason to presume I should most readily hear of them, but until I wrote him a letter on the subject, he knew not that it had never been made known to me, where it had been left. The Great coat you have sent me, will not however be too much, and [if I] live to see another winter, will be very acceptable.

The sudden death of General Washington, of which you will hear very speedily created a lively & universal sensation of grief throughout the Country—Every mark of respect which his Country is capable of shewing his character & his memory will be exhibited, and the 22d, of this month has been set apart by public authority for the purpose of commemorating the virtues, the services & the peculiar merits of the deceased. Already every part of the Continent has anticipated the general [voice] by exercises, adapted to the same great occasion; but these effusions were voluntary and may not improperly be repeated under public sanction.

I am, with sentiments of esteem / your Friend & hble Servt:

Thomas B. Adams

OCHP: Pitcairn Papers.

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