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John Adams to Charles William Frederic Dumas

1 Nov. 1785

Sir Grosven Square No 1 1785

I have not written you since you inclosed me a Letter for Mr Gardoque from the Comte de Sanese I pray you to present that Nobleman with my sincere Respects and let him know that I sent his Letters with my first dispatches,  My Son arrived at New York after a Passage of fifty five days and was received by his Countrymen with great joy Cordiality. I have no letters or News from him after he left that City. My Charles whom you know too is at the University of Cambridge.—

Dr Franklin is arrived too in better health than He went away, and was received by his Fellow Citizens with Great Honour.  We have enjoyed very good Health since we have been here, and we find friends who are glad to see us, but the business We came upon will require time to accomplish. whether it will not require more time than the impatience of my Countrymen will allow I know not— — —nor do I know whether it is of so much importance as some People imagine it, or as I myself have some times thought it.— — —the less we are connected with this Country the more we shall be with France & Holland, and we may find them for what I know better Friends than these.— — —It will do us no dishonour with any Nation to have made to this. fair Candid honourable and equitable Proposals, and if they are refused we shall have done our Duty to ourselvs and to them, and let them look to the Consequences.— —I dread less and less every day any that can happen to the United states— I have been received here from the first day of my arrival to this with perfect Decency from every Rank of People, excepting those secret Hidden Tyrants who make use of the Prerogative of the Press to pervert the purpose of it. these entertain me with Oysters from Bilingsgate every Morning. But as long as they feast the King & Royal Family the Members of Parliament and Judges with the same good chear, I shall scarcely be found to complain—Our best respects to your Ladies / beleive me Sir yours &c

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