had discussed in more or less detail her thoughts on joining
abroad in two recent letters that appear above, 5 Aug
, of which the
probably did not reach
) and 3 Sept.
; but the “arrangement of [her]
affairs, and the person with whom [she]
would chuse to come” are specified in neither. We must therefore suppose either that
letter of hers to
on this subject was sent during the summer but is totally unrecorded, or that the
of 5 Aug.
add these details.
As for the “Mr. Smith” who was willing to come with her, the best conjecture the editors
can make is that he was her cousin William Smith (1755–1816), the young Boston merchant, on whom see above, vol. 3:96
; also Adams Genealogy.