|My dear Brother||The Hague 10. January 1796.|
Your favor of the 16 ulto: reached me on the 27. I am mortified that my packet by Mr: Clarke had not been received as it contained a letter to you from your Mother, and one from J Quincy to me, which I enclosed for your perusal, besides some Gazettes & a letter from myself. Mr Clarke is probably upon some speculating voyage by the way & may eventually reach his nominal port of destination. He was particularly desired to deliver the packet in person, which he promised.
On the 23d: ulto. I enclosed another to Mr: Johnson, which was sent by the way of Rotterdam, whence there are frequent occasions, but no private opportunities, so that my communications must be such as any body might read, without thinking it worth while to detain them.
The letter for the Bankers was sent them immediately—From your letter I conclude, that your correspondence there, is founded upon the Letter from T. D. one copy of which has been recd: here, by Ariel Captn. Terris. It would however be a satisfaction to me to know, whether this is the case or not.
The payment spoken of heretofore was seasonably advertised by means of the arrival of the Ariel. The specie could not be forwarded & Bills of the Government are taken in its stead payable at three months.
I shall duly attend to your advice; the more so, as I cannot reproach myself with having been deficient hitherto.
The voluminous Correspondence with the Bankers &ca: which is but lately closed, requires time to prepare it for exportation.
The news respecting the Armies & the Armistice, which has been current for the last fortnight, has vibrated alternately between Official confirmations & contradictions.
The result seems to be, that no cessation of Arms actually exists, though some Conferences between the Generals were held upon the subject. It has been surmised, that full as much of this business is known where you are, as upon the Continent.
I send you the two last L Gazettes, and leave you to glean the news.
Our American vessels are all this Season, Shakerley’s & Leaders they will not be gone. Some have met with accidents, others are delayed by contrary winds or by palletine passengers &ca:. The only one that has sailed from Texel for near three months is Boadge the Minerva, & she entered at Ramsgate soon after in distress. I am quite tired of putting letters on board of those that remain. The Aurora Brantz was quite disabled by getting aground, but the letters are put on board of another vessel, which the Captain has chartered. Under such circumstances it is idle to think of sending news from hence.
There is nothing like winter here as yet, compared to the severity of last year. The weather is constantly damp & dirty, and the consequences are to render vast numbers sick. I am quite vexed that there has been no Skeating
Friends in general well; if I obeyed each particular request of those who send you their comps: I might dispense with other matter. I know you are very much obliged to them, & my telling them so is perhaps all that is necessary.
I am my dear Brother, affectionately your’s
T. B. Adams.