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I received your favour of the 17th August and thank you for your prompt compliance with my wishes in the article of books. I have not been in Boston since the receipt of it and cannot therefore acknowledge the receipt of the missing Volumes at Messrs: Cummings & Co—The same reason has prevented my depositing there the two or three books with the name of Mr Shaw in them. One of these was a file...
Two of your Letters, viz No 24. Dup: & 25. Origl came to hand on the 16th: inst: These are the latest dates of any received from you, although the vessel that brought them had an uncommonly long passage from Gottenburg. We are happy to hear of your health and that of your family, as we have done more frequently than we could reasonably have expected. My Letters to you, thought not much behind...
Lieutt: Parker of the Navy has kindly offered to take charge of a packet for you, and will renew his acquaintance with you, when he delivers it—Your attention to him while he is in your borders will be grateful to / Your friend MHi : Miscellaneous Papers.
Thomas Adams, brother of John Quincy Adams, was one of the Circuit Judges of Masstts Court very able Man & learned lawyer—but very intemperate.—He was obliged to resign his office—being threatened with Impeachment. Upon one occasion, there was an action of Trover on trial before him for a gun which had been borrowed, but which the borrower refused to return. Adams—in Charging the Jury,...
Since the date of my last I have received several numbers in continuation of the series, which you have been kind enough to address me, giving so ample & instructive details of your excursion to Silesia. The last number which came to hand was No 1. and I had a few days before received No 14, which is the highest; but three intermediate numbers, viz. Nos 7, 11 & 12 are yet wanting to complete...
Your favour of the 24th: is before me, and I most ardently hope the information respecting the prospect of my mother’s recovery may not prove delusive. I expected a letter from my brother by this day’s mail, but am disappointed. My suspence & anxiety have been extreme for ten days past, and nothing but your letter, which assures me, that my mother was considerably better, has relieved my...
I received yesterday your cover dated the 30th: ult: enclosing a packet for our friend Oldschool, which made his heart right glad, and he begs a further supply, which may be addressed to him directly, or under cover to me, until I inform you of my determination to evacuate this place. I am to Set out tomorrow morning for the little excursion, which I mentioned to you in my last, and in my...
I have for some time past had it in contemplation to take my pen & devote its impressions to your service, but that noted thief, Procrastination must answer for my negligence, & supply an excuse where I have not the hardiness to offer one. It often happens that the best friendships have the fewest documents to prove their existence; as a well-kindled fire, such an one as now warms your...
I received on the 18th: instant your favor of the 7th & 17th November. Original & Dup: with sundry enclosures relative to the affair between Mr: Engel & Messrs: Mark of New York. I have forwarded to them the letter to their address, with one from self, acquainting them with my Authority to demand payment of the debt, and desiring them to make speedy arrangements to that effect. If, contrary to...
After I had closed my letter of yesterday and delivered it at the Coffee house, I received your favor of the 31st: August, accompanied by one from my Brother of the 1st:; both of which came by the Voltaire. I have already acknowledged the receipt of several letters from my brother, which have been forwarded by you; among which were doubtless those, which he was so anxious should reach me;...
Your kind Letter by my Brother was delivered a few days since; as the proposal it contains is of very considerable importance, I have taken time to consider it before I returned an answer. As you have been good enough to leave it in my option whether to adopt the plan, or not, I shall express my sentiments with the freedom which your indulgence seems to authorize. I am sensible that a young...
I have only time to say that after the severe frost of last night & the night before, I conceived there was no danger in coming to the City— Of course came in this morning & find the town quite cheerful though the houses not generally open. Have been upon the hunt for an Office but can find none as yet. I go out again this evening—Our house in Market Street is aired in part, as I have had the...
By tomorrows Mail I shall send you a power of Atty to receive the interest due upon the Stock standing in my name in the Books of the Treasury and also a Substitute power to receive what is due to J Q Adams—I was uninformed of the necessity of applying before the removal of Govt: to have the Stock transferred— I send you a new-year treat, from Tom the Tinker—one of the Severest things I have...
I have your favor of the 15th: instt: and thank you for your kind solicitude respecting my health, which is just passable and no more–The extremes of heat & cold have a sensible effect upon my Constitution, and though I am tolerably free from rheumatics and faintness, yet I have the old complexion, with a tinge of yellow less perhaps than when I left you. My feverish habit still hangs about...
I hasten within two hours after the receipt of your Letter, which came to my hands while at my Father’s lodgings, to commerce an Answer—tho’ I must frankly own, without the smallest idea of the arrangement of the matter which crouds itself upon my mind in the perusal of your favor— I wish to communicate my whole soul to a friend, of all others, most deserving of the confidence— But how I shall...
By request of My Father I have the pleasure to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the Instant and the Essay on the Whooping Cough presented to the “Adams Library of the Town of Quincy.” As this is the first occasion, by donation , to that Library, I may be permitted, as one of the Trustees , to thank you in their behalf, for this valuable Treatise, upon a disorder, which I have always...
I left Berlin the 30th: ulto., and made rather a circuitous journey to this place, where I arrived the 10th: instt: and whence I purpose to embark for the United States in a very few days; most probably on board the same vessel that brought Mr: Welsh & which is bound to Newbury port—There are divers vessels going out to other ports, but except that by which this letter goes, none will probably...
I received in course your favor of the 4th: instt: a pretty assiduous attendance at Court, during the whole of the last week prevented my making a sooner acknowledgment. Two causes of considerable moment were argued very elaborately, an outline of which may be found in the Gazette of the U.S. of the 16th— The question of war or no war, as it respects the relative situations of the United...
I have received from Messrs: Curtis & Adams to whom I sold your Wood near the Mill pond, the amount of price agreed for; viz $160.0. for forty Cords which it turned out on measurement. I am now some what perplexed with your farm, as well as my own. My Tenant says I must consider him this year, since times & prospects are so dull and no market for produce, and I expect the greater part of your...
There is in Boston, a Lemmon-tree of a peculiar kind, called the Sweet Lemmon, Sent to your Grandfather, by a gentleman from Malaga—and I expect it will be in the custody of our friend Mr J H Foster, by Tomorrow. Your Grandfather is desirous of presenting this plant to the Botanical garden, in Cambridge, and wishes you to call on Mr: Peck the Professor, with his compliments, tendering the Tree...
This morning I had the pleasure to receive your favor of the 12th: instt: and am happy to learn your safe arrival at the hospitable mansion, where I fervently hope, you and my Father, may enjoy days & years of tranquil life. For my own sake & for the sake of all my family, it would, I believe, be a happy circumstance, if there should be no further occasion for either of my parents leaving...
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,...
It is thought adviseable to defer ‘till after Your next Saturday visit, any steps in the business on which you wrote yesterday , the 6th , which was truly the day before . The Mail was brought tardy & I could not gain an interview till the forenoon ride was over— Truly Your’s— MHi : Miscellaneous Papers.
Your favors of the 24th: and 27th: ulto: are duly received. It seems not to be understood here, whether the proceedings; in Senate; relative to the Convention, are conclusive, as to the fate of that instrument, or whether, under any pretext, the discussion can be revived upon it. I am, myself, unable to Solve the question, though I have some idea, that the rejection of the particular,...
I had closed my letter of this date and delivered it to a person going to town, but afterwards receiving your favor of the 17 & 19 instt. I had time to recall the first and now enclose it in this. Your information respecting Mr: Hartley’s defection is, I believe correct; of the other gentleman, I believe, not so, though I will not undertake to contradict it. Hartley’s intemperance has rendered...
My last Letter to you was of such a nature, that I can easily persuade myself no matter arose out of it sufficient to furnish an answer. the subject was personally interesting to me alone, and as such, it deserved only to be dwelt on by me. I am manifestly also in your debt for your agreeable favor of the 18 th Jan y: . You ask me to “let you know the State of Politic’s at the fountain head.”...
I have your favor of the 31st: ulto: with an enclosure for R. Peters Junr: which shall be delivered as soon as an opportunity of sending it, presents—I have not yet found means to forward the last enclosure you made me—which is rather the effect of misfortune than neglect, though you doubtless will think I have no excuse for being nine weeks within 3 miles of the Bishops, without having made...
The Death of our mutual friend Dennie, was announced to me a few days ago, by W. S. Shaw Esqr, who informed me that the intelligence was contained in a letter from you. This even was not unexpected by me, but since the mortal part of our former friend and associate has taken its flight to brighter realms, my memory fastens with delight upon the virtues with which he was adorned. We knew him...
I wrote you soon after my arrival here that I expected to take passage with Captain Jenkins of the Ship America, bound to Newburyport. I had in fact engaged to go with him, but as he said much to me of the uncomfortableness of his vessel and refused any compensation for taking me as a passenger, I thought best to look out for another opportunity, and upon the recommendation of Captn: Jenkins,...
Accept my hearty thanks for the flattering account your letter contains of my Mother’s promised recovery—It is indeed grateful intelligence and serves to console me under the painful prospect of being obliged soon to fly from this now infected City. You will see, that the Board of health, which in my opinion ought rather to be styled a board of pestilence have at last come out; after being...
I have your letter of the 17th:, which travelled, from Boston hither, in very agreeable company. I can readily conceive, the novelty of your situation in a Lawyer’s office, joined to other novelties of quite as pleasant a nature, would tend to distract your thoughts, for some time. Without undertaking to advise you on the subject of your recent pursuit, I will barely say, that the Office of my...
I enclose you a receipt from Watson for your last pr of Pentaloons, and Mr: Lynch’s receipt for the last quarter’s rent of the house; the last you will please to give to my Mother. Frederick, the Hostler, called on me some days ago, to give him a character, as a Coachman, saying that his own , was gone in his chest to Quincy, and praying me to write for it. I promised to do the latter, but was...
Your favor of the 10th: instant and that of the 12th: ult: on the same subject claim my thanks. I find in the journals of Congress for 1774 to which you refer me, the best clue to the investigation, and I shall avail myself of copious extracts from the documents therein exhibited. There is a remarkable uniformity in the expressions used by the Constituents of the first delagates from the...
I enclosed you by the Mail of this day yesterday a Substitute power of Attorney to receive the interest upon the Stock Standing in the name of J. Q. Adams—I now send you a power to receive the interest due upon One thousand dollars Standing in my own name. You can transmit me the amount by a Post note which Mr: Dalton I suppose, if applied to will furnish. I am not confident whether he is the...
I have received your favors of the 17th: and 19th: instants and take the first moment of leisure, that has occurred, since their receipt, to acknowledge gratefully these fresh instances of parental solicitude respecting my personal concerns. I shall reply without reserve to your last letter, which relates more immediately to my professional prospects. I have always been persuaded of the...
When Sunday comes I usually enquire whether I have any arrearges to make up with my correspondents; if I have, it is to me the most convenient season for discharging such debts. Though I have, at present, no letter unacknowledged, I have a variety of documents and journals from you, which deserve mention, because they serve as a substitute in some degree for letters, which we know you have not...
Your two letters on La Harpe, I have taken the liberty to publish in the Port Folio, and I have now to ask the favor of you, as your leisure & inclination may serve, to pursue your extracts & comments upon any portion of that great work, which you may find agreeable or think useful. I make this request in behalf of the Editor of the Port Folio, who will be flattered & obliged by any literary...
I have just received, on my return from Boston, this Evening, your favour of the 10th: instant, and cannot but express my regret that you have found it necessary, for your own vindication, to enter into so ample an explanation of the difficulties you have recently encountered. I am very desirous of avoiding any personal interference in the disputes of individuals, with whom I have no immediate...
May I ask the favour of you to forward the enclosed letter? The United States Bank will probably be organized, by the choice of Officers, in all September, and being somewhat interested, in right of other people, in the fashioning of this Institution, I should like to have your opinion of the qualifications of Mr: Jones, of your City, who is spoken of as a candidate for the President of the...
Supposing that you will be at Washington long enough to receive a letter from this place before your departure I shall venture to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 19th: ult: to inform you of the health of both your children, as also of your friends at Quincy, who are looking with pleasure for your return, and who hope the cause of your leaving your wife behind you will terminate in...
I enclose you a letter for Mrs: Miller, who is gone to Boston with Captain Murray & Miss Breck—Mr: Reed has some letters for Miss Breck, which I will enclose to you shortly for her—I dined yesterday at Mr. Brecks and came to town in the Evening—This day fortnight we left Quincy—Our journey was very pleasant; though slow. I find every body well. Give my love to all at Mr: Fosters and at...
Your favor of the 10 th: curr t: has just come to hand, and as I find a vacant moment, it cannot be better employed than in renewing my thanks for your kind attention to the Commission relative to my Books. I have requested M r: Bourne to refund the Cash paid by you on my account, as the prospect of my seeing him before you, is perhaps greatest. In my letter of the 4 th: inst t: I gave you...
I have neglected writing to you longer than usual, that I might have it in my power to give you some more favorable prospect of publick affairs, than for some time past has presented itself to my mind; I have had some serious thoughts of the alteration of my pospects, in the event of a war. Instead of peaceably pursuing the path of my profession; the law of Arms would probably excite my...
I intended to have written to you when at your own house or Office in Boston, but was prevented by the intense severity of the weather , added to the general ill health of both your & my family, during the whole time we sojourned under your Roof, which, by the assiduity of your wife & Catharine and the faithful attendance of their domesticks was made, in every respect, our own house . My...
Your’s of the 6th: saluted me on my return from a little excursion on a visit to the Bishop’s & Mr: Brecks—H Wyckoff my particular friend, called & dined with me on thursday, took me in his chair to the Bishop’s in the afternoon, where we paid our respects to his worship & the ladies, thence to the seat of Wyckoffs father; across the Schuylkill, where I stayed the night & in the morning of...
I received your’s of the 10th: yesterday & am obliged to you for giving me so early information on the subject of the South Carolina election. I had the satisfaction of imparting it to many of my acquaintance, who looked very blue for the most part, though Some were much overjoyed. Our Sheriff Israel, was the first person who acquainted me with the letter from Genl Pinckney to Mr: Marshall,...
The Letter which I have the honour to enclose, being the Original of a private nature, from my Brother, of which it is probable you may, long since, have received a duplicate, came to my hands, a day or two since, having been rescued from the Register Office, at Bermuda, by an American Gentleman, who has resided in that Island during a great part of the late war. He was captured by a British...
My brother enclosed me Alibone’s bill for flour sent to you, & about which you wrote to me. I will pay it and send you a receipt, very soon. You enquired in one of your last letters, who is Mr. Hemphill that so much distinguished himself by his speech on the judiciary law? He is a young man, from the County of Chester, who was bred to the bar, studied in the Country and until sent to Congress,...
Your kind favor of the 26th: ulto: was delivered to me by my Mother on my arrival, the 12th: instt: at this place. I thank you very much for it, and your friendly congratulations upon my safe return. I had before the receipt of your letter, learnt from Mr: & Mrs: Johnson that yourself & family were well, and I doubted not but a short time would bring me a confirmation of it from your own hand....
Between the 8th: & 16th: instants I have been fortunate enough to receive your several agreeable favors, of July 6th: August 10th: 15th: 17th: & 28th: with sundry pamphlets &ca: &ca: for all which please to accept my thanks. The muskets by the Connecticut are likewise recd: in good condition. By the speedy passages of the Hamburg traders this season, we have been furnished with very recent...