|My dear Sir||New York Feby 28th 1796|
I enclose to you The Minerva of last evening containing part of the translation of the preface to the Defence of the American Constitutions. I have been several days confined at home since my return from Philadelphia or it would have made its appearance sooner. We have not had any arrivals from Europe for a long time and there is a great dearth of intelligence. Our Legislature is still in session and will remain so until the river opens which is always their rule whether they have any thing to do or not. It is a great pitty that these excressencies cannot be lopped off and that we cannot consent to be wholly under the direction of one general government But the prejudices which exist against the scheme are too strong to be over come as yet and whether they will be combated with effect is very problematical. One or the other must eventually triumph and I fear Aaron’s serpent will not swallow up the rest.
I have just now received a letter from my Eldest brother dated London Novr 29 1795 it relates to nothing but private affairs, but refers me to several letters of a date anterior which I have not received Your friends here are well Mrs Adams presents her respects.
With sincere affection I am your son