Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to William Smith Shaw, 21 January 1801

Philadelphia 21st: January 1801.

Dear William

I have acknowledged the Rect of the money you Sent me from T Johnson and likewise the two orders upon the Bank of the U.S. and enclosed two receipts from Dickins for your’s & the President’s subscription. My letter could not have reached you, so early as the date of your last (the 17th: instt:) The exertions you have made for the diffusion of Dennie’s paper are gratefully acknowledged by him—He will attend to your Suggestions and Supply his Subscribers with punctuality & dispatch, though the regular train has not yet got a going—Even City Subscribers, are not Supplied with Such readiness as could be wished, owing to the ignorance or carelessness of the Carriers—I Shall Send you Some Setts of the Paper, which you will distribute according to your judgment—Dickins has not Sent me, as he promised, the packet of pamphlets, which I promised to Send you by Mr: Wheelen—They must wait another opportunity.

I have just met with a Small work, purporting to be a translation from the Italian, called “Romans in Greece”. It was Sent to Dickins by Nancrede from Boston. It is worth your reading, if you never saw it, and I Shall Send you one when opportunity offers—The object of it seems to be to point out the affinity & striking resemblance of the Scenes which are acting in our day, to those of remote antiquity—and the parallel between the conduct of the Romans in Greece, and the French in Italy, Holland, Germany—Egypt—in short wheresoever their Armies have Successfully penetrated, is drawn with precision and ability, which must Strike every reader with conviction—The style is plain, Simple, intelligible and free from florish or ornament, but the matter of fact is therefore the more perspicuous—

I thank you for the Newspaper containing the Connecticuttiad—I had only before Seen an extract from it—Its Satyre is as bold as the topics, which provoked it were glaringly exposed to it.

Little Sammy Harrison Smith, has I find taken up his Congressional Observatory in the upper gallery—by being brushed off of the lower floor—He is very Saucy & provoking to the Honble: Speaker—I could not help Laughing at the keen Satyre he vented on one occasion—when he Said, that for his part, “he did not profess to understand the Speaker always, even when he hear’d distinctly, all that he uttered—”

I am in haste & must break off.


T B Adams


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