John Adams to Abigail Adams
Col Smiths Cottage,1 near New York Nov. 28 1793
My Dearest Friend
I arrived here Yesterday, and had the Pleasure to dine with our Children and The Baron: All are very well and send their Duty. Charles is well, fat and handsome, and persists in the Line of Conduct which We so much approved. His Business increases & he will do well.
Accounts from Philadelphia continue to be favourable. Mr Otis has written for his Family to come on, as Mrs Smith informs me. if so I shall be at no loss.
Mr Genet has made a curious Attack upon Mr Jay and Mr King which you will see in the Papers.2 My Duty to Mother, Love to Brothers Sisters Cousins, particularly Louisa. I go on towards Philadelphia to day. yours
RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mrs A.”
1. WSS and AA2 resided at 18 Cortlandt Street in New York (New-York Directory description begins New-York Directory [title varies], issued annually with varying imprints. description ends , 1794, Evans, description begins Charles Evans and others, American Bibliography: A Chronological Dictionary of All Books, Pamphlets and Periodical Publications Printed in the United States of America [1639–1800], Chicago and Worcester, 1903–1959; 14 vols. description ends No. 26919).
2. On 14 Nov., Edmond Genet wrote to both Thomas Jefferson and Attorney General Edmund Randolph claiming that John Jay and Rufus King had “published in the newspapers a libel against me” in August when they reported that Genet intended to “appeal to the People” over the decisions of the president. See CA to JA, 25 Aug., note 4, above. Genet’s letters were published in various newspapers, including the New York Diary, 22 November. They first appeared in Boston in the Independent Chronicle, 2 Dec. (Jefferson, Papers description begins The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, Princeton, 1950–. description ends , 27:367–368).