|My Dear Sons||Quincy Nov. 29. 1795|
Not having time to write to you in Seperate Letters I write to both in one. Tomorrow I Sett off for Philadelphia where I expect to remain till June. A Stormy Session is expected: but all will end well in a general Acquiescence with the Treaty provided it is ratified by The K. of G.B. at least this is my hope and belief—Fame says you are to exchange Ratifications and negotiate Alterations in the 12 Article if you can. Your Instructions I know not. You will punctually follow them, and then you will be Safe. I presume not to hint at any Thing like Advice about Alterations in the Article, as it is a matter out of my Province.
I have escaped in a whole Skin, the last Year as Mr Jay and The President have attracted almost the whole
Attention Genius, Invention and Industry of the Libellers. If
it were any Consolations
to have Companions in such a kind of Discipline, I should have had them
neither few nor small as I think their Virulence against those great & excellent
Characters has exceeded every Thing they ever vented against me.
Your sentiments and Conduct have been so perfectly conformable to my best Judgment and all my Wishes that I have only to say that I hope you will persevere in the Principles you have adopted and the System you have pursued, with all the Prudence Caution and reserve you have hitherto exhibited.
Adieu my dear Children—May the Blessings of Providence reward your Industry and all your other Virtues and may the Restoration of Peace in Europe soon render your services and Prospects more Agreable.
I shall write you from Philadelphia as soon and as often as I can, but you must not expect from me very free Remarks upon Men or Measures. My situation neither requires nor Admits of that Latitude of discussion which in former different Employments I used to take without fear favour or affection. I am my dear sons / your affectionate Father