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From William Smith to Abigail Smith Adams, 2 July 1798

Boston. 2d. July. 1798.

Dear Madam.

Your favor of the 26th. Ulto. I have recd. it is unfortunate that your Letter of Feby. did not arrive sooner. it may be a Lesson for the Young Man, not to be too much elated with present prospects & teach him early to bear disappointments with fortitude. I am much surpriz’d, at the application for the L. O. after a conversation which I had with Mr. & Mrs. ——— I did not expect, he wou’d have subjected himself to a disappointment when he had not a single qualification to recommend him.—I regret with you that Mr. Gerry is left in Paris. his situation must be disagreable as he is Mons. Talyrands chosen Friend he must give him safe conduct out of the Republic—Our subscription in this Town now amounts to $125.000.—& I expect will be higher.—the Constitution Frigate is near ready for Sea. the 1st Lt. is not return’d & she has not a sailing master these are two very essential Officers & ought to be equal in abilities to the command of such a Ship. the 1st Lt. is equal to his place & it is very unfortunate he is now absent.—

I see by the papers Congress will adjourn the 9th. We shall expect to have the pleasure of seeing you soon after that time.—

Yrs. Affecly

Wm. Smith.

The Appointment for the L. O. I presume will be immediately made. Mr Perkins that you mention, is a very correct good Man. I have heard Mr Davis our late Treasurer & Mr. S. A. Otis mention’d [. . .] Candidates also.—

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