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From John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 30 October 1798

Berlin. 30th: October 1798.

My dear brother.

I have received your’s of the 26th. enclosing one for Mr Welsh—I now forward those Letters for America, with which I threatned you in my last—Of all the news which you believed or expected to believe, the only parts likely to be confirmed, are the capture of the Leander with Capt. Berry on board, and of the two french frigates by the Colossus—The burning of the transports in the Nile has no further voucher, and is not even mentioned in Letters from the English Minister at Constantinople of 25 September—If the account from the Irish Coast were true, it would be one more very capital stroke; but it surpasses even the faith of a Je<y>w to believe it.

À propos speaking of Je<y>ws, your lottery tickeet still remains in the bosom of the wheel, and shall be renewed in due time, for the last and decisive class—Your horse is yet unsold, and affords pleasant relaxation to Mr Whitcomb from his toils—Mr Cornet Brown, (who returned yesterday with his father, and who regrets very much not having met you at Hamburg) has been this day upon trial, and if he does not take him, it is not improbable, that I may keep him, for my own use.

The English Prince Augustus is here; but much out of health, with the asthma—I have not seen him—He has two very agreeable and clever gentlemen with him—Mr Livingston & Mr. Arbuthnot—The latter is much like Pitcairn.

The Turkish Ambassador died yesterday—He has passed his time here in writing a romance, which he was just about to publish.


MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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