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MY DEAREST FRIEND.
THE Senate are now in possession of the budget. It is a bone to gnaw for the aristocrats as well as the democrats, and while I am employed in attending the digestion of it, I send you enclosed an amusement which resembles it only in name. I can form no judgment when the process will be over. We must wait with patience.
I dined yesterday, in the family way, with the President. He told me that the American minister at the Hague had been very regular and intelligent in his correspondence. The whole family made the usual inquiries concerning you and sent you the usual compliments.
Be very careful, my dearest friend, of what you say, in that circle and city. The times are perilous.
- John Adams