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MY DEAREST FRIEND,
SINCE my last, I have had the inexpressible pleasure of yours of the 25th of March by the way of Holland, which is the first and the last letter as yet received from you. This will be delivered to you by a young gentleman of the name of Archer, who is going to America to serve in our army as a volunteer. He is a promising youth, and will tell you all the news both in England and France. Germany seems at the eve of war. The Emperor and King of Prussia are at the head of armies, and on tiptoe to strike the blow. England seems to be lost in a stupor. Byron's fleet is not yet sailed. D Estaing's passed the straits of Gibraltar the 16th of May.
We long to hear from America the ratification of the treaty with France, the captivity of General Clinton's army, and of Lord Howe's fleet. John is very well at school. Stevens is also well and behaves well. My love to all my little ones.
I want a few pamphlets here ; " The thoughts on Government," " The New York Constitution," " An essay of a constitution of government for Pennsylvania," said to have been written by Mr. Dickinson. Look them up and send them.
I cannot learn that any reinforcement is to be sent to America this summer. They can spare none. They are in a panic from an apprehension of an invasion. Ireland is grown tumultuous, is concerting a non-importation agreement, and gives symptoms of an insurrection.
- John Adams
- Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife. Edited by His Grandson, Charles Francis Adams, Volume II, 1841