Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to Joseph Pitcairn, 30 July 1800

Phila: 30th: July 1800

My dear Sir,

The Ship Pennsylvania sails for your port, tomorrow and I avail myself of the opportunity to thank you for the <8th: & 9th:> Nos of Le prècis which came to hand a few days ago, with a line from you of the 1st: May—I have also received from England the Numbers of Le Mercure, up to March of the currt year, and I learnt with much concern the death of the learned Editor of that work, by the same occasion—We are told however that a successor of talent has been found in a friend of the late Editor, by the name of Dumont.

Since you promise me a letter by the next conveyance, I may venture to give credit for it in advance, but it seems to me that my letters from German dominions diminish, very sensibly, in number. From my brother, I have no letter for many months, and I strongly apprehend, that those he has sent, have miscarried.

You will have heard of the changes, which took place in our Cabinet, shortly before the adjournment of Congress—perhaps they will surprize you, as they did many others, who were nearer the scene than yourself—I shall avoid saying any thing respecting the measure, further than that it created many violent & open mouthed enemies against the chief, and none more violent than little Alexander the late Major Genl:. He felt the blow, which was perhaps not accidentally aimed, and there are some folks who well know that he had long provoked it. He has done more harm, within two years, to the federal cause in New York than ever he did good in his life—This I know & any one who has eyes can see it. All his influence is now using to bring Genl: Pinckney into the chair—to divide the federal interest at least, so that the present occupant, at all events, shall be ousted—Such is the patriotism of this little moral West Indian—God reward him, I say, for the harm he is endeavoring to do—He played, precisely, the same game at the last election—Look at what has been the consequence of his conduct at New York—But you can hardly share my feelings, on this subject—I do not believe, that I have more personal sensibility on this occasion, than many others—but I am, nevertheless, not unaware of the difficulty of discriminating, rightly, between a mental & a corporeal biass, on these occasions—

We are looking with some impatience to have a confirmation of what has been so often reported—the fall of Genoa—Some accounts say it has been relieved by Buonaparte—The passage of the Alps with heavy Artillery, by the route he took, is thought another of the seven labors of this Hercules in Arms—Austria fights hard, but I think this is a last effort—However, I am but a shallow Diplomate now—so, all my surmises go for naught.

Our vessels are molested now & then, by both parties—Legal adjudication has again come in vogue in Halifax &ca: about which much newspaper bluster is made, but chiefly for electioneering purposes—The ferment against Old England is labored with great violence & with considerable success whenever a pretext is given—The treaty with the fr: Rep: is rumored of as made, & on its passage over—but we know nothing about it for all that.

Our friend W Rogers, has, I believe reached N York, within a short time, bringing, as is said, dispatches from our Commissioners—

I am, with much esteem, / Dear Sir, as usualYour friend—

OCHP: Pitcairn Papers.

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