Adams Papers

To John Adams from Rufus King, 9 February 1787

New York 9 Feby: 1787

Dr. Sir,

By Capt. Boudinot who sailed in January, I wrote to Col. Smith informing him particularly of the situation of our public Affairs—Since that Time Congress has been organized and General St. Clair of Pennsylvania placed in the seat of the President. Nine States have not yet been represented, and of Consequence few measures of importance have even been debated in this Assembly—your communications of the favorable Disposition of Portugal, and particularly the directions of that Count to the Commander of a small portuguese Squadron to extend their Protection to the Ships of our Country against the Barbary Corsairs, have induced Congress to write a Letter to the Queen, acknowledging their Gratitude on this Occasion, which Letter is, or will be, transmitted to you, with directions that Col. Smith should repair to Portugal and deliver the same at Lisbon—

I hoped when I wrote to Col. Smith by Capt. Boudinot, that my next to either of you would have been explicit concerning the Insurgency in Massachusetts—I inclose for your Information a Letter from a Mr. Dwight, a man of Education and Talents who is an Inhabitant of Springfield, which I received by the last post—the Letter may be relied on, and is the latest information we are in possession of—I send the original not having Time to copy—

Should the Packet be detained two Days I may add something farther relative to Massachusetts—I pray you to be assured of the invariable respect of Dr. Sir Your obt. & very hbl. Servt

Rufus King

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