Thomas Welsh to John Adams
Boston Decr 15. 1794.
Your Favor of Novr 19th I recd I have since mine of Novr 7th. found that Mr Dexter is not chosen, altho’ Mr Varnum who was put up by the antis makes but a small shew against him Mr Gerry having by far the greatest Number of Votes of any other Candidate but he declines being considered as a Candidate; it is true I believe that Mr Dearborn is not elected.1
Last Evening a Ship Capt Joy arrived from England after a Passage of 54 Days from Gravesend2 just before he sailed a Ship came to about two Miles above him which he believed and a Pilot who came on Board of his Ship told him was the Alfred from Boston after a Passage of 31 Days so I hope your two Sons have safely arrived at the first Place of Destination. but whether the Hague will be in a fit State to receive an Embasador I am not able to determine.
I have enclosed a Sermon of Mr Osgood of Medford as a Curiosity.3 I am now writing from Mr Hall’s Printing Office Mr Cooper came in he appeared not to come to purchase a Sermon as he was asked the Question he said no but he thought that Clergymen ought to know what they wrote and whereof they affirmed before they commenced political Authers and left the Shop quite in a Pelt Mr Hall Parsons Freeman who was standing at the Fire and myself at the same moment Avoued that the Sermon appeared to bite the Jacobins very keenly.4 I am Sr with Respect / Your Humble Sr
RC (Adams Papers).
1. On 6 Nov. Thomas Welsh wrote to JA to provide the results of Massachusetts’ elections. Besides reporting that Massachusetts governor Samuel Adams had voted for Charles Jarvis over Fisher Ames, Welsh also included the information that Samuel Dexter had been reelected (Adams Papers). On the 19th JA responded, lamenting Adams’ “Error” and hoping for a “peaceable Session” in Congress (MHi:Adams-Welsh Coll.).
2. The General Lincoln was co-owned by Melzar Joy, the vessel’s captain (Ship Registers of Dighton–Fall River, Massachusetts, 1789–1938, Boston, 1939, p. 48).
3. The enclosure has not been found but was Rev. David Osgood, The Wonderful Works of God Are to Be Remembered: A Sermon, Delivered on the Day of Annual Thanksgiving, November 20, 1794, Boston, 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. 27456.
4. Samuel Hall (1740–1807) had previously published the New-England Chronicle and Salem Gazette, among other newspapers. At this time exclusively a book and pamphlet publisher, he was the printer of Osgood’s sermon. For Rev. James Freeman, see vol. 6:428–429, 431; JQA, Diary description begins Diary of John Quincy Adams, ed. David Grayson Allen, Robert J. Taylor, and others, Cambridge, 1981– . description ends , 1:330.