Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to William Smith Shaw, 30 January 1801

30th: January 1801.

Dear William

Yours of the 25th: is just recd: and with it a number of pamphlets & a letter from my Mother—All shall be attended to in course—I have so much other occupation, that writing to the whole family is something of a tax upon my time—Yet I write to & receive letters from Washington, with more satisfaction than from any other quarter save one—

Your remarks upon the unseemly political speculation, which appeared in the third number of the port folio—are coincident with a number, which have been expressed both to the Editor & myself—He must yield to many writers in the beginning for the sake of feeling the public pulse—The Editor is Hamiltonian in a degree himself—I know it—He knows it, and many others know it—But he wants a guide—any thing strong and bold will lead him with the current—

I have sent you four complete setts of the Port Folio—Some Receipts, which I sent you, are not acknowledged—

I shall attend when I have more time to your state papers, but I doubt whether a sett is to be procured—Mr: Read once told me he sent two setts to the President—

Robert Burns shall be submitted—I almost hate the name of the man—I know not why, unless it is the antipathy created against the name of Mary Burns when I was a child, who was a lewd woman and hung upon Boston Commons for being a thief—Ever since, the name of Burns has been to me a hanging name—

I am &ca

T B Adams

The Certificates are recd: and thank you for your trouble—Lt Parker setts off tomorrow—

MWA: Washburn Collection.

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