Adams Papers

From John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams, 11 April 1802

Quincy 11. April 1802

My dear Brother.

Since my last letter to you, I have not had the pleasure of receiving a line from you—I have it not yet in my power to unpack my books, and consequently not to take out and send you those belonging to you. But I have sent you a set of the Massachusetts Laws, and a copy of the translation from Bülow, by the Sylvia; Captain Seth Daggett, who has already sailed, and will probably reach Philadelphia as soon as this letter.

I suppose you will learn from the newspapers the general result of our election for Governor, Lieutt: Governor and Senators—Mr: Strong will probably have a much larger majority this year than the last, and Mr: Robbins comes in by an equal majority as lieutt: Governor—You will see my name upon the Suffolk list of Senators, and perhaps, be a little surprized, that I suffered it to be run. But as it was extremely doubtful and generally doubted, whether it could be carried, I did not choose either to shrink, or even to have the appearance of shrinking from the trial.—So I did not decline—And indeed a man may as well be busy about nothing for the public as for himself—

Our friends here are well.

Your’s affectionately


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