Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to William Smith Shaw, 2 December 1800

Philadelphia 2d: Decr: 1800

Dear Shaw

Please to deliver the enclosed letters to my Mother with my best thanks, and request her to send me the letter I left with her. I will endeavor to send you the series, ere long.

I enclose you a receipt for the shoes I bought for Mrs: Johnson, which you will have the goodness to deliver to Mr: T Johnson who asked me for it when I was at Washington. If he chuse, he may pay it to you on my behalf—

The fears I have heard you express respecting the “Lay Preacher’s” executing his proposals for publishing his writings and a weekly magazine, are, I apprehend, too well grounded. If he does not come out according to promise this time, I will give him up and never concern myself more on his account—His friends here begin to be angry with him for his practical triffling with their exertions in his favor—

My Books, I understand, have at length arrived. I had almost despaired of their safety.

I had a remarkably pleasant journey from Washingtonrendered more delightful by the society of two fine, accomplished & tolerably handsome females—You know what charming creatures they are. And though neither your experience or mine extend beyond their enlivening powers in the journeying of a Stage Coach—some faint notion, I apprehend, may be gathered of their happy influence upon the journey through life—On this subject I can scarcely bear to meditate—therefore no more—

I am with true attachment & esteem / Your <hble Servt> pshaw

T. B. Adams


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