Adams Papers

From Thomas Boylston Adams to William Smith Shaw, 13 September 1800

Philada: 13th: September 1800

Dear William

Your favors of the 28th: ult. & 4th: currt: are received—The post takes nine days to come from Boston here. This circumstance I know not how to account for, because even in winter, I had thought not more than a week was required—Perhaps however you are not very attentive to the regular Mail days any more than I am.

I thank you for the newspapers, which I read with some interest. Junius Americanus is certainly the ablest, the most impartial & honest writer of the whole tribe. “Truth” as I once before observed, is another signature of the same writer. I spoke to Mr: Dennie on the subject of republishing N 3 of J. A. & he promised so to do, but the truth is, every thing of a domestic nature is forced to yield to mercantile avidity for foreign intelligence—Besides, there is a want of fervor—The nominal Editor is of the Junto more or less; but I think you judge the paper harshly in not allowing it to be at all reclaimed of late. It has admitted nothing disreputable by Dennie’s consent, but he has not the exclusive management of it.

I asked of you in a separate postcript sometime since, by Dennie’s desire, how subscriptions for his works came on at Boston? You forgot the answer—James White the Bookseller can tell you, if you’ll take pains to enquire. The Subscription list here amounts to more than five hundred names.

The reported rupture of our Parisian negociation, is no longer credited here. But the belief in a general European peace gains ground from the last accounts. For my own part I believe, that G B. will be compelled by the desertion of her Allies to make peace; but had the Emperor been able to make another struggle by the help of a subsidy, it would have been supplied. Paul waxeth wroth & packeth off Mr: Whitworth in great haste—Young Sweden imitates by compulsion—An armed Neutrality in the North, similar to that which took place towards the conclusion of our Revolutionary war, is the bubble of the day. Our Jaco’s censure us for not joining it. Sensible people!

I am in haste / Your friend

T. B. Adams

PS. I gave a letter to young Ingersoll, for you—one for Quincy & one for Mr: Smith—He came to beg it & I could not refuse—I only regret for his family’s sake that he behaves as he does—He has no character to lose—You must apologize for me to Quincy & Mr: Smith—

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