Adams Papers

To John Adams from Pseudonym: "A Ruined Merchant...", October 1798

[Oct. 1798]

President Adams

Myself and Family are ruined by the French. If you do not procure Satisfaction for my Losses when a Treaty is made with them I am undone for ever and you must be a Villain to your Country!!! Assassination shall be your Lot, if Restitution is lost to America thro’ your Means, or, if ever you agree to a Peace without it. The Subsistence of Thousands who have lost their all depends upon it!!!!!

A ruined Merchant

alas! with 10 Children!!!!!

Made Beggars by the French!

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