Adams Papers

Thomas Welsh to John Adams, 20 Mar. 1797

Boston March 20. 1797.

Dear Sir

Your Letter of the 10th Inst: I received on the 18th I think I enquired in mine of the 28 Ulto: of which yours now before me is a Reply; or in one since that date whether all the News Papers reached the President? To this I have received no Answer; as I then proposed as a Man of Information, occasionally, to send any remarks which I might observe in the Chronicle or any other publication which might tend to shew the Impression produced by the Measures of the Executive; I shall continue to take that Liberty untill I am informed that it is not necessary. I accordingly forward further Extracts it serves in part as a reply to the Enquiry on the subject upon which these Remarks are made. I suspect they came from Jarvis as they are almost a verbatim repetition of a Conversation of his the day before when I met him in Bowdoin Square he was in a Chaise and took Pains to stop me and say “Dr: I am no Flaterer, but I stoped you on purpose to congratulate you on the Occasion I have just read the P Speech, I thought when I first took it up from it’s Length it might <not> be heavy but I found it excellent full of good Sense & sound Doctrine a wise candid manly performance and which will do him great Honor he declares openly his Principles and that he means to extend his Attention impartially to honest Men of every Party and to make the Constitution the rule of his Conduct which I have no doubt he will do and in it he will be supported by all good Men for myself I declare before God I love my Country and abhor all foreign Influence and will resist it whether it be English or French although I confess I love the F. but as much as I love them whenever I see any attempt to influence I should to counteract it to the utmost the Love of our Country is the first object.”

Many other observations were made by him such as that he knew you would act your own Judgement which was not the Case with your Predecessor. I find all that Party speak in terms of the highest Satisfaction of the Speech and of your Election some go so far as to say that it appears like a particular Interposition of Providence. Such Men for Example of old B. Austin Wm Cooper &c

The Rumour of the French Directory having refused to receive Mr Pinkney has excited great anxiety and produces various Conjectures with respect to the Measures of the Executive.

When a Report of this Kind was in Circulation two <or three> Months since I recollect that Mr Madison was mentioned in the public Papers as a Person who would probably be sent an Envoy Extra I remember I then reasoned (taking it for Granted that he might be relied on but upon this head I could not feel myself competent to decide) if our Jacobins do concive that the French have really no Views unfriendly to this Country, having a Confidence in this Man he should be sent and should return without obtaining satisfaction upon the Subject of his Mission they would unite firmly with the Government in such Measures as might be thought necessary to adopt and thus add to it’s Strength by a union of all Parties.

All these incoherent remarks are submitted with the most profound deference by one who has the Honor to subscribe your Friend & Humbler: St 

T Welsh

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).

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