Adams Papers

From John Quincy Adams to William Steuben Smith, 5 October 1826

Quincy 5 October 1826.

The Executors of the last Will and Testament of John Adams, deceased, have proceeded to the execution of the said Will by receiving payment from John Quincy Adams of ten thousand dollars, with interest thereon from the time of the Testatory decease, in fulfilment of the Conditional devise to him of the homestead Estate here, and by making sale, so far as has been practicable of all the rest and residue of the Estate, real personal and mixed of the said John Adams. The neat proceeds of the whole amount to 44709 dollars 47 cents. Reserving the sum of 2709 dollars 47 cents for the payment of the debts of the deceased and the funeral and administration charges, the sum of forty two thousand dollars, has been divided into fourteen equal shares according to the provisions of the Will—one of which portions of three thousand dollars has been assigned to you

A receipt is herewith enclosed to be signed by your husband and yourself, attested by one or two witnesses. Upon your transmission of it signed to Josiah Quincy one of the Executors or to George W Adams their Attorney at Boston an order of your husband accompanying it upon the Executors will immediately be paid, or the sum of three thousand dollars will be placed to the credit of your husband at the United States Branch Bank in Boston as you may prefer—

There remain yet two or three small lots of Woodlands, to be sold, the boundaries of which have not been ascertained. Should there be found on the final settlement of the Estate a fund for further distribution among the devisees, it cannot be expected to exceed one hundred dollars to each portion—

We are your friends—

J. Q. Adams

Josiah Quincy


Copy to William Steuben Smith

After the words "one of which portions of three thousand dollars has been assigned to you." That sum is deposited in the Branch Bank of the Office of Deposit of the United States at Boston to be paid to you or to lawful <Creditors> Claimants of the same as your Creditors or Assignees. It is proper to apprize you that it has been attached in the hands of the Executors as Trustees to answer several such demands—

MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.

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