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William Stephens Smith to John Adams

1 Mar. 1797

Dear Sr. Boston. 1.st.March. 1797.

Accept my thanks for Mr.Pickering’s Letters which you was so kind as to send me. Mr. Adet. Note. this communication of Mr. P. with the depredations of the French on our Commerce have wean’d numbers of the most violent from their partiality to that nation.—they are now convinc’d that Nations, like many individuals, are actuated in their Friendship towards each other, wholly by Interest. We are anxious to hear the fate of the negociations in Europe. We have no late arrival in this quarter from any part of Europe. several are hourly expected. from the complection of some of our Papers lately, I suspect they soon expect a change in the measures of the French Government. in the Papers of this week, they congratulate their Republican Friends on your appointment & Mr. Jefferson’s. They compliment you, as not being under British Influence, and as a proof they say, you was oppos’d to the British Treaty—Our commerce has suffer’d very much lately from the detention & in some instances from the condemnation of our Vessels by the French in the West Indies. I am so unfortunate as to suffer by the detention of a Brig in Europe Cap. Brooks in a Brig of mine, going from Cadiz to Gibralter was taken in Sep. last & sent to Malaga. the Govrprevented the French from unloading the Brig. the papers were sent from thence to Madrid & Paris. my last Letters were in Oct. at that time nothing had been done.—the Brig & Cargo were wholly my own & worth $20,000.—If I can recover the Property, without damages I shall think myself, very fortunate.—

The Town has suffer’d the last week by Fire. three valuable Rope Walks & as many Dwelling Houses were destroy’d in [. . .] hours.—Mrs. Adams, has favor’d us with her company the week past, I have not seen her in so good health, for several years past.—Mrs. S. joins me in our best Respects. 

Wm.Smith.

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