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John Adams to John Quincy Adams

25 Mar. 1796

My dear Son Philadelphia March 25th 1796

Mr Richard Cook of Annapolis in Mary land who is recommended to me by Mr Hindman of the House of Representatives, a Gentleman with whom I became acquainted in England, will deliver you this Letter.

I have recd your favour of the 17th of November and communicated it to the P. who expresses his Approbation of it. It is a masterly delineation of the State of Things in Europe, Seen by an Eye more attentive, discerning and discriminating than any other that \whose representations/ I have read. The Moderation and Impartiality of it are equal to its other Merits.

Our H. of R. has been 3 Weeks discussing a question preliminary to the Consideration of the Treaty, whether they should ask the President for the Negotiations of it. Yesterday they determined in the Affirmative 61 against 37.—But I have no doubt that having made their Speeches, they will vote the necessary Aids to carry the Treaty into Execution.

Notwithstanding the Strange Conduct of the People in Several Parts of the Union at the first publication of the Treaty, it does not appear to be unpopular. We are like the English. We Scold at Treaties for the Sake of mauling a Minister: but acknowledge them to be obligatory on the national faith.

The Treaty with Spain is thought by some to have been one Effect of that with Great Britain.

I know not whether this Letter will find you in England. As Mr Pinkney was returned to London on the 28 of January, I Suppose you will have returned to the Hague as soon as your Instructions will permit. I shall not be sorry if your return is delayed till Spring: for England is an interesting object to see at this Crisis.

Our Friends are all well. I am my dear son with every tender Affection and devout Wish for your / Welfare, your affectionate Father

John Adams

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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