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Beckley has just got back from his eastern trip. He says that the partizans of Mr. Adams's heresies in that quarter are perfectly insignificant in point of number; that particularly in Boston he is become distinguished for his unpopularity; that Publicola is probably the manufacture of his son, out of materials furnished by himself, and that the publication is generally as obnoxious in New England as it appears to be in Pennsylvania. If young Adams be capable of giving the dress in which Publicola presents himself, it is very probable he may have been made the Editor of his father's doctrines.
I hardly think the printer would so directly disavow the fact if Mr. Adams was himself the writer. There is more of method, also, in the arguments, and much less of clumsiness and heaviness in the style, than characterize his writings. 1 mentioned to you some time ago an extract from a piece in the Poughkeepsie paper as a sensible comment on Mr. Adams' doctrines. The whole has since been republished here, and is evidently from a better pen than any of the Anti-Publicolas I have seen. In Greenleaf's paper of to-day is a second letter from the same quarter, which confirms the character I have given of the Author.
We understand here that 800 shares in the Bank, committed by this City to Mr. Constable, have been excluded by the manner in which the business was conducted; that a considerable number from Boston met with the same fate, and that Baltimore has been kept out in toto. It is all charged on the manoeuvres of Philadelphia, which is said to have secured a majority of the whole to herself. The disappointed individuals are clamorous of course, and the language of the place marks a general indignation on the subject. If it should turn out that the cards were packed for the purpose of securing the game to Philadelphia, or even that more than half the Institution, and of course the whole direction of it, have fallen into the hands of that city, some who have been loudest in their plaudits whilst they expected to share in the plunder will be equally so in sounding the injustice of monopoly, and the danger of undue influence on the Government.
The packet is not yet arrived. By a vessel arrived yesterday, newspapers are received from London which are said to be later than any yet come to hand. I do not find that any particular facts of moment are handed out. The miscellaneous articles come to me thro' Childs' paper, which you get sooner than I could rehearse to you. It has been said here by the Anglicans that the President's message to Congress on the subject of the commercial disposition of Great Britain has been asserv.d openly by Mr. Pitt to be .misrepresentation; and as it would naturally be traced to Gouverneur Morris, it has been suggested that he fell into the hands of the Chevalier Luzerne, who had the dexterity to play off his negotiations for French purposes. I have reason to believe that Beckwith has had a hand in throwing these things into circulation. I wish you success with all my heart in your efforts for Paine. Besides the advantage to him, which he deserv., an appointment for him at this moment would do public good in various ways. Always and truly yours.
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