15th. October 1798.
We have received your letter of the 12th: to Mrs. Adams, but that which you mention as having written the day before to me, has not come to hand. Perhaps the pleasures of the feast put it out of your mind to send it as I cannot well account otherwise for its not having arrived—My principal concern is that it would inform me whether you have received all the letters I have forwarded to Mr Pitcairn for you, since you left us.
The enclosed letter came last evening, and from its outward appearance we presume it is from William Brown—He is to have the Commission of Ensign at the first vacancy & at the same time has leave to return here for a twelve month—The family here are well.
I will thank you to mention to Mr Pitcairn with my best remembrance, that I duly received his favor of the 5th: instt. I ought indeed to have noticed it before this to himself—This afternoon too I receive his letter of the 12th:— with the tin box which I have not yet, but it is doubtless at the post office.
MHi: Adams Family Papers, Letterbooks.