Adams Papers

From Abigail Amelia Adams Smith to Abigail Smith Adams, 13 May 1800

Union Brigade, May 13th, 1800.

My dear Mamma:

I received yours of the 11th, this morning, by Mrs. Smith, who was so good as to stop and see me, though only a few moments, as the stage could not wait. I asked them to have breakfast or spend the day. As soon as I receive your letter, informing me when you will be at Brunswick, Colonel Smith and myself will go there, and meet you, and escort you here, where I hope you will spend Sunday. We can give you as comfortable accommodations as any you will find on the road. I think it might do good if the President should go to Washington: he will certainly be better able to judge and direct accommodations for himself; and, as he never has been in that part of the country, I wish he might be induced to go.

Mr. Smith called to see us yesterday, and went on and met Mrs. Smith last night, about nine miles from this, at Boundbrook, where the stage lodges.

We had heard of the resignation of the Secretary of War, and the nomination of General Marshal; and also it was reported that he would not accept, which is to be regretted. The person who is fully adequate to fill that office, I think it will be difficult to find; he should have a knowledge of military affairs, and should possess a capacious mind, capable of taking an extensive and comprehensive view, from one end of the continent to the other, and should not be under the influence of party views and partial interests; and, it appears to me, that he should feel his station superior to any Commanding General, and dictate to them, and not they to him. Perhaps my ideas are erroneous.

I have written three letters to you in the last week, which I hope you have received.

I see by Mr. Harper’s resolution, that the military may not expect to be retained long in service. I wish no new occasion may occur, to require their services; but I have my doubts upon the subject.

Be so good as to remember me to all the family, and believe me, / Yours,

A. Smith

Printed Source--Journal and correspondence of Miss Adams. Edited by Caroline A. S. De Windt (New York, 1841-1842)..

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