Adams Papers

Charles Adams to John Adams, 8 December 1792

Charles Adams to John Adams

New York Decr 8th [1792]

Dear Sir

I had yesterday the honor of receiving your kind letter of the fifth.1 Our electors have returned from Poughkeepsie but are determined by the information I have procured to keep the State of their votes a secret. There is it is true a report that they were unanimous, but I beleive it arises from no good authority A certain nephew of our Governor has held out hopes of twelve votes from the eastern States but such ideas can intimidate none but very feeble minds2 New Jersey are unanimously federal if the information we receive by the papers be just. I this day received a Letter from my Brother John.3 He gives me very favorable accounts of my dear Mothers health He seems to be fixed in the system of Optimism and looks or affects to look with vast sang froid upon the various hurly burlies that are happening in the world. The horses are not yet arrived I have written to Mr Bull to send them on immediately I have received no answer I shall write again tomorrow. We have had no arrivals from Europe since you left us and have nothing new stirring The account of the Capture of Dumorier’s army is not beleived4

Our Legislature are still upon the examination respecting the rejection of the votes at the last election for Governor how long it will last and whither it will tend I know not. It serves at least to keep animosity alive.

I am Dear Sir your Dutiful son

Charles Adams

RC (Adams Papers).

1Not found.

2DeWitt Clinton (1769–1828), Columbia 1786, was the son of George Clinton’s brother James. DeWitt had studied law and was admitted to the bar before becoming his uncle’s private secretary (DAB description begins Allen Johnson, Dumas Malone, and others, eds., Dictionary of American Biography, New York, 1928–1936; repr. New York, 1955–1980; 10 vols. plus index and supplements. description ends ).

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4Charles François du Périer Dumouriez (1739–1823) briefly served as minister of foreign affairs and minister of war in the French revolutionary government. He led the French Army from 1792 to 1793. Rumors of his capture were in fact false and would shortly be contradicted in the New York newspapers. Dumouriez continued to lead the army successfully until March 1793 when, after a major defeat, he defected to the Austrians (Bosher, French Rev. description begins J. F. Bosher, The French Revolution, New York, 1988. description ends , p. xxxvi, 166, 183; New York Weekly Museum, 1, 8 Dec.).

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