|Dear Sir.||The Hague November 9. 1796.|
I received this morning your obliging favours of October 25. and 28. enclosing several Letters from America, for your care of which I beg you to accept my best thanks.
The Letters from America make it more uncertain than ever how long I shall still be detained in this Country. When I had the pleasure of writing you last, I was in hopes of being able without doubt to go by the Month of March, but from the present prospect, it is more probable that I shall not be able to get away till quite late in the Spring, or the beginning of the Summer ensuing.—As you mention that you are under a like necessity of going to America early in the Spring, I apprehend I shall be compelled to acquiesce in the necessity of postponing untill my own return to America those arrangements which I had hoped might be settled at an earlier period, and upon which the happiness of my future life will essentially depend.
I take the earliest possible moment to mention this Circumstance,
because from your Letter it appears that your own arrangements require a positive
knowledge, when I shall be like to leave this place.—It is still possible that I may be
authorized to go, earlier than the Letters which I have this day received
authorize me to expect. In that case, I shall proceed as early as possible,
and may still meet you in England. But as this at present is a mere possibility, and the
urgency of your affairs admits of no further delay, I have almost resigned all Hopes of
being able to reach you before your departure.
We are expecting here the issue of Lord Malmesbury’s mission with as much impatience and anxiety as you observe appears in England. It seems that at this time the negotiations are suspended.—General Moreau has at length recrossed the Rhine, without suffering any great loss in his army. The french are in daily expectation of the surrender of Mantua, and of Wurmser’s army.
Requesting my best remembrance to Mrs: Johnson, and the young Ladies I remain with sincere respect and attachment, Dear Sir, your faithful servt:
John Q. Adams.