Adams Papers

Abigail Adams to William Smith, 1 Jul. 1797

Philadelphia July 1 1797

My dear Sir

I received by this days post your favour of June 27th. I am dissapointed in not having my Coache finishd as I thought mr Frothingham was a Man who never faild, in punctuality, I can however make some allowence for him as he knew I was absent, The President desires that he would proceed and finish it as soon as he can, but if we should be able to come on we must take the Coach again and that will injure it a great deal I have not yet had any repairs to it for which I am now glad, it will want it if we use it for this journey and mr Frothingham will not fail to have our other ready by the Time we come on.

as our time is not our own I cannot say when we may hope to be at liberty; Congress are still sitting, and we have dissagreable accounts from the Frontiers as tho we should be involved in an Indian War on all Sides—

our Letters from abroad do not look pacifick as it respects the United States. there is no measure of a subtle, secret, insidious nature which is not practicing in every part of the union, to Stir up hostilities with the Indians to make us quarrel with Spain, to insult our independance and to drive us into War. it is with Kingdoms & States as with individuals, their prosperity and happiness is the object of Envy and Jealousy; I should most Sincerely rejoice in the prospect of peace which is taking place amongst some of the contending powers, if I did not see new honours arising in other quarters, and that the United States is designd to be a sacrifice to appease the insatiable thirst of the spirit of Universal Domination. That the Lord Reigneth Supreem over all Nations is my only consolation—it is of the utmost importance [to] us that the New England States bind themselves together in a four fold cord, that [they] stand firm and be <viligent> vigilent, that they repell by counter publications every attack upon their freedom and independance

you will See in a N york paper of the ensuing week a Letter which you will be at no loss to determine upon, its contents are weighty & important; the united States ought to know their Danger.

Munroe arrived here last week we hear nothing of Paine. he is smugled Some where or other, mr Giles says if he returns as poor as he is represented he will take him to his own House and Support him. Mr Giles has lately married a woman who is said to be very rich in Humane Flesh—

Mr Munroe made a visit here the next day after his arrival was very guarded as you may Suppose—I fear I shall miss this days post unless I hasten & close with Love to mrs Smith from yours &c

A Adams

(MHi: Smith-Carter Papers).

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