Adams Papers

To John Adams from William Stephens Smith, 28 March 1788

Bath 28th. March 1788—

Dr. Sir—

I accidently encountered Mr: Kissam the young Gentleman who came passenger in the last Packet from New York, he having dispatches addressed to you from Mr. Jay, I opened them with an intention if I found anything in them which might be necessary for you to be immediately acquainted with, to have been the bearer of them to Portsmouth but finding they only contained letters of recall dated New York Feby: 20th. addressed to you at 3000 miles distant & which you had been previously permitd to leave 4 day’s after there date, I enclose and forward them in a way less formal but perhaps more expeditious—Mrs: Smith and the little Boy are in perfect health & join me in wishing you & Mrs: Adams a pleasant Voyage and happy sight of your friends in Boston—I have the honor to be— / your most obedient / & very humble Servt.

W: S: Smith

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