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John Quincy Adams to Thomas Boylston Adams

6 Apr. 1796

My dear Brother London April 6: 1796

I still remain in statu quo, nor was my patience ever put to a poorer test than by the lingering expectation which still detains me here. The last Letter I have from you was of Feby. 29. and I am somewhat anxious to hear particularly an account of your state of health. With this letter a Mr. Erving has the goodness to take some newspapers for you. They contain indeed nothing for the times are dull. The [. . . ] has all of a sudden disappeared, and the prices of grain and flour have fallen as much as 25 percent. This however is partly owing to a very great scarcity of money, a thing that perplexes poor John as much as the [. . . ] of [. . . ]

The enclosed letter to Messrs: Willink, contains twenty-two coupons of interest which I received some time since from America with directions to forward them to Amsterdam. I have hitherto kept them with the intent of carrying them myself. They may as well go at once and be done with. The very sight of them seems to me almost a reproach of [. . . ]. It is not [. . . ], however.

You remember that before I came over, I authorised Charles to draw on me again for the amount of two thousand Dollars. If the bill should be presented to you, I must request you to accept it, as you did the former, and if it should be necessary you may sell a sufficient number of my obligations to raise the money. I do not expect that a bill will yet appear, but mention the circumstance by way of caution, to avoid a disappointment at any rate.

I have also to request that you would apply to our bankers for a bill in my favour of two hundred guineas upon some house here.—I shall wish to have it sent me as soon as possible, for my source of supply here is already stopped, and I am at this time almost out of cash.—let me recommend this matter therefore to your particular attention.—I am authorized by the department of State, to draw my necessary supplies while here, for the Gentlemen at Amsterdam; so that I suppose they will not make any difficulty on that score.

No late letters from America. You have enclosed however one of your father to you which I ought to have sent you by Mr: Clagett but forgot it.

your affectionate brother

John Q. Adams.

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