Boston Aug 3. 1798
Mr Jones enclosed Capt. Stockers Letter to him in the other to me both of which I have now forwarded to you at Mr Jones’ earnest Recommendation. On the Day of the Date of Capt Stocker’s Letter my Son left Boston for Newbury Port in order to take Passage in the Ship His Friends all advised him to prefer this Ship.
Capt Stocker the owner is <
[. . .]> a worthy Man and disposed to promote the Interest of the Government as well as Mr. Jones they thought this Ship so swift a Sailor that if there were any dispatches not yet forwarded it would afford the best Conveyance possible & therefore would detain her if it were necessary to promote the public Service. Mr Jones further observed that if any important Intelligence should be necessary from Prussia to your Son should wish to return in her it would be an eligeable Conveyance. I imparted to Mr. Smith the Contents of the Letter we were both of Opinion it would not be necessary for Capt Stocker to detain the Ship and accordingly Mr Jones has writen to him with the Observation that if anything should be received it should be immediately forwarded if therefore any other Despatches are in readiness and they should be received by Saturday noon they will be in Season to be sent to Newbury Port by Express or perhaps some other Mean.
I am Sr with great Respect your / Friend & Humble: St.,
MHi: Adams Papers.