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John Quincy Adams to Thomas Welsh

6 Nov. 1795

My Dear Sir Helvoetsluys November 6. 1795.

Your favour by Mr Gardner, and the Centinels untill the month of June, were received by me some time since at the Hague. I should have returned you my thanks for them and for the account you were so kind as to enclose, before this and from thence had I not very soon after been obliged to employ myself exclusively upon the means of departing as speedily as possible from this Country.

But as this does not depend altogether upon myself, and as the wind and weather for the last fortnight, have as the french express it obstinately placed their veto against my embarcation, a little leisure time is again put into my hands and I take advantage of it to acknowledge the receipt of your letter abovementioned, and also of that dated August 25. Which I have received during my detention here.

Your kind attention to my affairs deserves my continual thanks. I sent you some time since a note of a young Man by the name of Ripley to whom I lent the money, and who promised that he would repay it to you immediately on his arriving in America. I hope you have received it before this, and if he should pay, it will serve to supply you for filling up my Shares of the Canal, and for other payments you are good enough to make in my behalf. My brother Thomas who remains at the Hague, or I myself on my return there will have another small order to send you, which will command the money immediately. This I hope will be sufficient to face all demands on you, for my account during several months.—My brother Charles will perhaps make you in future some small remittances also for me: but if you should have occasion, any draft you will make on me shall be duly honoured.

My brother received your Commission for some table linen, and will doubtless take the earliest opportunity to execute it.

The tragical scenes which have recently been acted at Paris, in consequence of the opposition from the City against certain decrees of the Convention, and the formation of the new Legislative Assembly, will undoubtedly be known in America before this Letter can reach you. The state of their Armies which some time since passed the Rhine, and have since met with some check, is very imperfectly known here. It is said that the men of the second requisition in France are ordered to march in aid of their armies on the Rhine, which when executed will again give them a decided superiority of numbers there. There has been of late some talk of negotiations for a general Peace, but on what foundation they rest is very uncertain. Various Circumstances however indicate their probability before the close of this Winter. The continuance of the War, through another year seems improbable.

Every thing in this Country is tranquil at present. A National Assembly will be called together before long, and it is expected that the result will be the dissolution of the federal system which has hitherto been established here, and the formation of a single Republic, represented in a single Assembly.

I hope to have the pleasure of writing you again before long, and in the mean time with my best regards to Mrs: Welsh, and kind remembrance to all your family, remain your much obliged friend & Servt:

John Q. Adams.

(MHi: Adams-Welsh Collection).
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