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William Smith to Abigail Adams

8 Nov. 1797

Dear Madam Boston. 8th. Novr. 1797.

Your favor of 23d. Oct. from East Chester I have recd. with the money inclos’d. the note to Mrs. Frothingham was eighty five Dollars. 27/100. which is inclos’d. on the other side you have my account. your visit to East Chester must be very unpleasant. I sincerely regret Mrs. S. situation & hope she has accepted your proposal of a visit to Philaa. this Winter. every friend to America must be pleas’d with the attention paid to the President the State of New Jersey deserve great credit. tho’ a private passage thro’ the State wou’d be as agreable as so much parade but it is a Tax due to our Country to submit to it.—before you receive this you will have an account of another revolution in France. I am of opinion they will at last set down under a Military government. what effect this will have on our negociations there is very uncertain. our advices at present are not connected.—every moment we may expect to hear of some important movement.—our Frigate Constitution is at last afloat it was a most beautiful sight. most of our old Company was present & regretted your absence.—she is a fine Ship & I wish all her Officers may be equal to such a Ship. she is deserving one of the best Commanders.—I presume you are now on your return to the City. Mrs, S. and Betsey join me in our best regards to you & the President. / Yrs. Affecly.

Wm. Smith.

Augst.15. Cash pd for bl. Flour.—$ 9.50

.... pd. W. Stackpole’s bill. 26.75.

.... pd, for a box at Theatre. 8.—

Sep.....pd. for 2. Qt. Fish.... 18.—

Oct... pd. Mrs. Frothingham..85.27

$147.52

Deduct. cash. recd.& Post90..

$ .57.52

I have sent by the Schr. Betsey Cap Welsh 2 packages. of Fish. inclos’d is the Rect.

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