Sunday morg 30 December 1798
my dear Sir
Mr Brooks calld and left the Letter from you and mr Adams’s papers from dr Welch excepting Receits of which there are none, but dr Tufts will now attend to his affairs and pay the assesments as soon as he can come to Town. I cannot rest through the day, without Sending to know if you can give me any information, respecting Thomas. mr Brooks informed me last Evening that the Barbara was cast away at Salem that you informd him just as he was leaving Town, but that you understood no lives were lost; he could not give any further particuliars. I presume it must have been in the thick weather of fryday night and yesterday mor’g or So near as Salem information must have Sooner reachd [town], but in this State of anxious uncertainty, I thought best to get what information I could. if he was a passenger I think you will learn to day. I hope he is Safe. the wind was not very high with us, nor the weather very cold. I think he certainly was not with Capt Jenks, which renders it more likely to me, that he was in the Barbara. I inclose a Letter for him if he is arrived, tho I dread to learn what he may have Sufferd—I am Sorry to learn that mrs Smith has been unwell. colds are very frequent here—
Your ever affectionate
MHi: Smith-Townsend Family Papers.