Adams Papers

From Abigail Smith Adams to Jeremy Belknap, 25 June 1798

Philadelphia June 25 1798

Dear Sir

your obliging favour of June 14th I received on the 21st. you will please to accept my thanks for your kind attention.

In replie to your Question respecting Gen’ll Eustice, I am informd that he is a Native of the State of N York, that he Served in our Army during the American Revolution, and was an Aid, to Gen’ll Charles Lee. being a young Man of enterprize after the Peace, he went to France, and obtaind a Commission in the Army of France. he was with Demonriez, at the Battle of Gemappe. Upon hearing of the Presidents Proclamation of Nutrality for the United States, he resignd his commission in the French Service and went into Holland, where he was taken up, his papers seazd, and he confined. he applied to my Son to Claim him as an American Citizen, and he was accordingly released, and I have not heard of him after his going again to France, untill I Saw in the publick papers that he had been a Second time arrested as a Suspicious person and orderd to leave Holland. He has Since arrived in N York. I have heard that mr Murrey writes to his Friends here, that he is a man of tallents & much general information. I think he may classd, in the List of Adventurers. I hear he is now in this city, but I have not Seen him. his Father is a Scotchman by birth.

The President never owned Thurloes State papers. if he had them, they would be much at your Service. in replie to your other Question, the President Says the Convoys will depend upon circumstances. if the Merchants apply for Convoys to any particular destination he presumes the Government will grant them. How many millions of Dollars might have been saved to the Citizens of the united States if they had acted with energy and decission in the Extra Sessions of Congress the last Summer? but we must not be taught and instructed, but beat into our Duty, compelld to it.

I Send you Sir the last dispatch yet publishd, and cannot but regret that our Friend mr Gerry Still persists in works of Supererogation. Gen’ll Marshall has done his Duty and deserved well of his Country. Gen’ll Pinckney I fear will find his continuence full of danger.

I am Sir Respectfully Your / Friend and Humble Servant

A Adams

MHi: Jeremy Belknap II Papers.

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