Adams Papers

From William Smith to Abigail Smith Adams, 23 February 1800

Boston. 23d. Feby. 1800

Dear Madam

I inclose you Mr. Ames’s Oration deliver’d before the Legislature. Yesterday agreable to the recommendation of Co[n]gress was devoted to religious worship. Business was suspended and I never knew; a public Fast observed more seriously. all the Houses for Public worship were open in the Morning for prayers & solemn musick. the General Court attending at Brattle Street. Dr. Thacher deliver’d the best Discourse I ever heard from him. In the Afternoon Mr. Zuckerman (who was at Quincy the last summer) deliver’d an Oration to the Mechanic Association which has gained him great credit.—

By our papers you will observe that the Electioneering Campaign has commenced. Mr. Strong I think will stand as fair as any candidate—If those who make the greatest pretentions [to] Federalism wou’d be steady there wou’d not be a doubt of his Election by a handsome Majority. What do [you] think of Dr. Tufts delivering an Oration. I have heard he was to deliver one Yesterday. The New Constitution of France you have no doubt seen. There is but step more to fix a Monarch. instead of a Consul for 10 years fix him for Life.

In the Fall you mention’d several things you wanted at Philaa. The season now opens for Vessells to pass, if you wish for any thing I will send them.—Mrs. S. and several of the Children have been confin’d the last week. they are now much better. she joins me in our best regards.

Yrs. Affecly.

Wm. Smith

We last week attended the Funeral of our Aunt Austin.—Mrs. S. requests your acceptance of two Vignettes which have been generally worn on the left arm of the Ladies in this Quarter. Mrs. S. has recd. the Trunk by Genl. L. and will write you in a few Days—

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