Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to Abigail Smith Adams, 2 October 1800

Philadelphia 2d: October 1800

My dear Mother,

I enclose a letter from my brother, received a day or two ago—You will be gratified by the perusal of its contents.

In Wayne’s paper of last night, herewith enclosed, you will find a letter from Mr: Thomas Pinckney on the subject of the letter published in the Aurora, by Tench Coxe, signed John Adams: Mr: P—— is not intemperate in his remarks, but he promises to investigate. If he intend[s] doing right, he ought to apply to the fountain head for a fair Statement, which he should be at liberty to make public, if he pleased; & yet, I know the delicacy of publishing any thing, however unimportant at this moment. Mr: P—— seems hurt and fearful for his popularity—The Constituents he represents are capricious folks.

In the Aurora of this morning, there is another “kettle of fish”—boiled in the Lancaster Chauldron. Certificate & affidavit, into the bargain—The reputation of these people is litterally so bad, especially for veracity, that they are obliged to take their oaths to every thing they lay before the public—Mister Tench Coxe when he comes to Philadelphia always boards in the same house, that I do—He is monstrous polite too—The Lay preacher—Tom Adams & Tench Coxe, in the habit of dining at the Same table—Well may it be said that the golden age is come—the Lion & the tyger are playing with the lamb—

Please to ask how that matter was, at New Haven? I want to come at the truth of the thing.

I am, dear mother / your’s

T. B. A.

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