Adams Papers

From William Stephens Smith to Abigail Amelia Adams Smith, 10 January 1800

Union Brigade, January 10, 1800.

My Dear:

I have not had the pleasure of a line from you since the 28th of December, which I attribute, however, to the difficulties in crossing the Delaware. I have seen General Lee’s oration, as it is called. It is a plain story, plainly told, for a funeral narrative; and will hereafter be read with that apathy which seemed to have overshadowed the author. The great Adjutant General cries out for help, and I have sent it, in consequence of a letter from General Hamilton of the 7th inst., which says:

“Sir—I have concluded that Colonel Ogden, under your orders, shall be detached this winter from the Brigade, for the purpose of assisting the Adjutant General in forming regulations for the Army. I request, therefore, that you will give him permission to be absent. With true consideration, I am, sir, / Your most obedient, / Humble servant,

(Signed) A. Hamilton.”

This is a good nut; I crack it with pleasure. Nothing new since I wrote you last.

Yours sincerely,

W. S. Smith

Printed Source--Journal and correspondence of Miss Adams. Edited by Caroline A. S. De Windt (New York, 1841-1842)..

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