Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to William Smith Shaw, 13 January 1801

Philadelphia 13th: January 1801.

Dear William

Your favors of the 8th: & 9th: instt: with sundry enclosures & pamphlets came to hand this day; and I beg you to accept my best thanks for the prompt and correct manner in which you discharged my Commission. I have now to request another favor of a Similar nature, which is to procure the transfer, at the Register Office, of the enclosed Certificates, six in number, and amounting to $5400. I wish the whole transferred to the books of the Pennsylvania loan Office in the name of J Q Adams, so that, in future I may receive the interest here. You will receive but $40, upon the Stock in my name, which you can remit as before.

Your pamphlets were very seasonable & acceptable; I may find use for one of them ere long—The detail of Congressional proceedings with which you have furnished me is by far the most ample & satisfactory of any I have had. The judiciary Bill is one of the first magnitude, and must be passed this Session, if the federal gentlemen have any anxiety for the public good. Able lawyers enough are to be found and who will eagerly accept the offer of elevation to the Bench under an improved system; but the arduous service imposed by the present establishment is a discouragement not easily overcome. I hope Mr: Ingersoll will be allowed till February to make up his mind—He will then be at Washington in person, and can be consulted as to his determination. He will accept the appointment of associate Judge if the new law be passed. It is reported that Mr: Jay has declined, but I know not on what authority.

The Port Folio goes on swimmingly. Several active & influential Gentlemen have entered so largely into the plan of promoting its success, that Subscribers multiply with rapidity. Between three & four hundred are already on the list, and no day passes without adding many to it. Your Suggestion, as to the advance of the Subscription, is duly appreciated, but the requisition was indispensible. I read Dennie some of your observations and he discovered a grateful sense of your zeal & activity in furthering his views. Messrs. Newman & Rogers are considered as Subscribers and I have ventured to say their subscriptions would be advanced. Your paper shall go with the Presidents—I send you Dickens’s receipt for both.

The large contribution from the pen of JQA in the first numbers are sufficient to arrest the attention of men of taste wherever they may be. Juvenal’s 13th: Satire never appeared before the public in so neat & elegant attire, since it wore a foreign dress. Its beauties are conspicuous to all eyes.

You shall have some more of Gentz speedily and may adopt any method of disposing of them, which your judgment shall prefer. The price is 3/8 of a dollar.

I am faithfully your’s,

T B Adams

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