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John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams

16 Dec. 1795

My Dear Brother. London December 16. 1795.

I have received your favour of Novr: 18. by Dr: Reed, and that of the 23d: enclosing a letter from Charles, but not the packet which you mention as having been sent by Mr: Clarke.

Let me specially recommend to you to keep the Department of State informed of every thing that may take place where you are. Information there is of the utmost Importance, and you will not fail to give accounts equally accurate to the Treasury Department, as to what belongs to that. I repeat these requests, not because I think you will be deficient in Industry, but because I feel more forcibly than ever the necessity that good Intelligence should be transmitted.

I enclose you a letter for the bankers at Amsterdam: I lament, that I have not the power to be in two places at once, because it seems to be expected that I should.

The longer I stay here the more I long to return. I find that the maxim which makes anticipation worse than reality, may sometimes be inverted.—Your Waistcoat goes with this, and I hope will suit you.

Not a word of what I write you, concerning myself, to any soul living.

My time is so short that I am unable to say any thing to you respecting our American Affairs. Mr: Pinckney is now expected from day to day and I hope to be released as soon as he shall come.

Remember me, as usual, and be assured of my unvaried affection.

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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