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Thomas Boylston Adams to John Quincy Adams

14 Nov. 1795

My dear Brother. The Hague 14 November 1795.

Presuming upon your being in London before this, I enclose a packet, which I shall commit to the care of your friend Mr: Clark. The letters from America, came by a vessel from Boston, Captn: Lord, arrived at Rotterdam. A Mr: Carter had charge of them, & Mr: Beeldemaker sent them to me on the 12th:. I forward that from my friend Quincy for your perusal, because I think much of its merit, hoping you will return it by the first occasion.

Your friend Gardner, whom I have a right now to call mine also, was the first to give me notice of your departure; if the same wind & weather followed you, that prevailed here for three successive days, you must have had a short passage. I took leave of the three Gentlemen at Delft on the 11th:.

The Bankers at Amsterdam have finally agreed to allow Mr De Wolf to dispose upon them immediately for his interest, owing they say, to notice given them by Mr: Monroe, that the Bill on Dallarde & Swan, would be paid in specie. They request me to give you this intelligence in answer to your letter of the 8th: currt:.

The Gazettes enclosed herewith will give you a great portion of the current news since your departure. I had procured them, & was about forwarding them to you at Helvoet, when your embarkment was announced to me. A panic had been excited here, before you sailed, by mouvements which threatened an invasion on the frontiers. The small clan of Emigrants were said to have received a considerable addition to their numbers by Prussian deserters, & the frequent conferences of certain characters upon the Prussian territory, were supposed preparatory to some serious military operations. The old ditty of secret articles was revived & chaunted with more than ordinary fervor, because recent events gave an appearance of plausibility, sufficient to authorise the circulation of them. At Amsterdam some disturbances, similar to those, which some time since took place at Rotterdam, were excited, and like demands were made, to arrest the old regents. Tranquility was however restored, without any violence having been committed.

Mr: Haan made a speech in the Representative assembly of Holland, in which he developes all the causes of alarm; you will understand more fully from that, the state of the business.

The news from the Armies upon the Rhine make the recent successes of the Austrians of considerable consequence. The Siege of Mentz is fairly raised on both sides of the River, and the loss of both the french armies is great, though no Battle of pimary importance has been fought. Pichegru is yet at Manheim, but it is supposed, that City must be evacuated by the french ere long. A report was stated yesterday in one of the Dutch Gazettes, that a decisive victory has been gained by Pichegru over the Austrians, in which several thousands of them were made prisoners. It is probably no more than a counterbalance for the moment, & may be expected to rest in rumor. The Austrians however have not gained bloodless advantages, though their Official Bulletin’s do not afford the Catalogue of killed & wounded. Fresh intelligence from this quarter is hourly expected.

Present my Compliments to all friends; particularly to W N Boylston Esqr: and add if you please, my thanks for his letter of January last, containing the compliments of the season, among other things; it came to hand the 8th: currt:.

Since the procedings in London on the 29. ult. have transpired here, curiosity is somewhat alive to hear more of the same kind. I place no great dependance of Peace being the result of a London mob, though they should break twenty State Coaches.

Write me what & when you can, & believe me your brother

Thomas B Adams.

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RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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