From Oliver Wolcott, Jr.
Phil[adelphi]a Nov. 24th 1797
After a painful & inconvenient dispersion the public Officers have returned to this City & resumed business; Congress has at length formed; the Presidents speech at the opening of the Session is inclosed.1
It is certain that the Envoys have reached Paris; the report that they have been refered to Fauchet & Adet is not confirmed; though by many it is considered as probable.
A Mr Barker, offered me five hundred Dolls. a few days since on account of a debt due to you by Mr Shreve: if you are pleased so to direct I will recieve & remit you the money. Mr Ross to whom this business was refered has not arrived.2
I repeat that nothing will give me more pleasure than to be able to render any services which you may be pleased to require—With the most perfect respect to yourself & Mrs Washington in which I am joined by Mrs Wolcott, I remain your faithful & assured Servt
Oliv. Wolcott jr
1. President Adams delivered his speech to the two houses of Congress shortly after noon on Thursday, 23 Nov. (Annals of Congress description begins Joseph Gales, Sr., comp. The Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States; with an Appendix, Containing Important State Papers and Public Documents, and All the Laws of a Public Nature. 42 vols. Washington, D.C., 1834–56. description ends , 5th Cong., 2d sess., 630–34).
2. For Israel Shreve’s purchase of Washington’s Bottom in Pennsylvania and references to the irregularities of his payments, see Timothy Pickering to GW, 21 April 1797, n.1. Mr. Barker probably was John Barker (1746–1818), a tailor by trade who had risen through the ranks to become a lieutenant colonel in the Pennsylvania militia. He at this time was the proprietor of The Sign of St. Tammany, an inn on Archer Street in Philadelphia.