|My dear Brother||London April 24. 1796.|
I am sometimes tempted to believe that letters written and destined for me are intercepted. I have none from America later than January, and none from you after February. This is I think the sixth letter I have written you since I have had any returns from you.—The newspapers enclosed will give you what little intelligence now to be collected. The accounts from America, till the beginning of March are not very important. The English Treaty, was proclaimed the Law of the Land. The Spanish & Algerine Treaties were before the Senate for Ratification. Mr: Ellsworth is appointed Chief Justice of the United States. The times appear to be smooth, and I hope will continue so
I dare not say a word about my return. I am sick of expectation, and hardly suffer my thoughts to meet the subject. I have procured the books & papers for Mr: Noel, and will send or bring them as soon as possible.
your affectionate brother
John Q. Adams.